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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-78

Psychological autopsy of suicide-a cross-sectional study

1 Maudsley Hospital, 111 Denmark Hill, London, United Kingdom
2 Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Farooq Ahmed Khan
Maudsley Hospital, 111 Denmark Hill, London
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.55935

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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.



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