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NCJ Number: 64226 Find in a Library
Title: DEATH INVESTIGATION - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY
Journal: DETECTIVE  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:(FALL 1979)  Pages:8-17
Author(s): N S HIBLER
Corporate Author: US Army Criminal Investigation Command
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Army Criminal Investigation Command
Falls Church, VA 22041
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY HELPS POLICE DETERMINE SUICIDE BY INVESTIGATING PERTINENT EVENTS IN THE DECEASED'S LIFE AND HIS REACTION TO STRESS.
Abstract: MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS HELP RESOLVE UNEXPLAINED DEATHS THROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSIES, OR BY INVESTIGATING ANTECEDENTS OF DEATH WHICH COULD REVEAL SUICIDE. THE MENTAL HEALTH WORKER INVESTIGATES THE DECEASED'S CHARACTER, THE AMOUNT OF STRESS IN HIS LIFE, AND HOW HE REACTED TO IT. THE DECEASED'S FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ARE INTERVIEWED, AND ANY ESTRANGEMENTS IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN SOURCES OF TENSION ARE NOTED. STRESSFUL SITUATIONS, SUBTLE OR OBVIOUS, ARE SOUGHT AND IDENTIFIED, AS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY COPING WITH DAILY LIFE ARE MORE LIKELY TO DETERIORATE UNDER CUMULATIVE PRESSURE. THE DECEASED'S INTENT TO COMMIT SUICIDE CAN BE DETERMINED BY THE MEANS OF DEATH, CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE, AND UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR, SUCH AS PRIOR THREATS TO COMMIT SUICIDE, THE SETTLING OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS, OR PREOCCUPATION WITH DEATH. REVIEWS OF MILITARY OR EMPLOYMENT RECORDS ARE ALSO ESPECIALLY VALUABLE. AN EXAMPLE OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY OF A SUICIDE AND DIRECTIONS FOR INTERVIEWING PERSONS SIGNIFICANT TO THE DECEASED ARE PROVIDED. TABULAR DATA IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Autopsy; Behavior under stress; Crime Causes; Mental health; Personality assessment; Psychological evaluation; Suicide causes
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