Critical Issues in Psychological Autopsy Studies

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Title Critical Issues in Psychological Autopsy Studies
Author Pouliot, L.; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United States
Publisher Guilford Publications, Inc.
Abstract This paper reviews research based on the psychological autopsy (PA) method applied to the study of suicide. It evidences the presence of a number of methodological problems. Shortcomings concern sampling biases in the selection of control subjects, confounding influences of extraneous variables, and reliability of the assessment instruments. The absence of homogeneity among studies in the procedure employed, as well as the lack of defined guidelines for performing this type of inquiry are emphasized. Questions needing empirical investigation in the future are pointed out. It is concluded that the validity and reliability of findings emerging from the use of this method of investigation would benefit from a standardization of its application.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Volume 36
Issue Number 5
Page from 491
Page to 510
ISSN 0363-0234
Date Accessioned 2007-03-16
Language en_US
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Mental Health
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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