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NCJ Number: 184329 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Factors in the Determination of Suicide in Self-inflicted Gunshot Head Wounds
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:45  Issue:4  Dated:July 2000  Pages:815-819
Author(s): Linda E. Weinberger Ph.D.; Shoba Sreenivasan Ph.D.; Elizabeth A. Gross Ph.D.; Etan Markowitz Ph.D.; Bruce H. Gross Ph.D.
Date Published: July 2000
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of all the information collected by the Los Angeles Department of Coroner on the first 50 self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head in 1993 tested the hypothesis that the coroner renders suicide determines with insufficient supportive psychological data.
Abstract: The participants were mainly unmarried white males who had a median age of 35 years and who displayed psychiatric disturbance, primarily depression, before their death. In addition, younger individuals were often under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both at the time of death. Moreover, stressors such as the loss of a loved person were common among young and middle-aged persons, while serious health problems existed in the majority of middle-aged and elderly individuals. Many findings were consistent with the literature regarding individuals who commit suicide. Data on many important psychological risk factors were missing in most of the cases studied, but sufficient psychological information was collected about the person’s mental condition at the time of death to support a suicide determination. Tables and 36 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Autopsy; California; Coroners; Death investigations; Firearms acts; Suicide; Suicide causes
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