|ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPERS
|Year : 2005 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 73-78
Psychological autopsy of suicide-a cross-sectional study
Farooq Ahmed Khan1, B Anand2, M Gowri Devi2, K Krishna Murthy2
1 Maudsley Hospital, 111 Denmark Hill, London, United Kingdom
2 Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad, India
Background: Psychological autopsy is the reconstruction of events leading to death. There are few studies on psychological autopsy.
Aim: To understand the profile of suicide completers and find out ways of dealing with it.
Methods: Fifty suicide cases were analysed. Using a semi-structured, self-designed questionnaire, the family, friends and relatives of the deceased were interviewed.
Results : The presence of some type of psychiatric disorder and stressful life events are two important reasons for committing suicide.
Conclusion: Psychological autopsy is a very important tool for assessing the causes and precipitants of suicide. More and more studies in this field are required with a larger sample size for the evaluation of suicides.
Farooq Ahmed Khan
Maudsley Hospital, 111 Denmark Hill, London
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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