DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.00503

Advances in Psychological Science (心理科学进展) 2018/26:3 PP.503-517

Psychological autopsy and its application in suicide research

Psychological autopsy (PA) is a systematic and retrospective method in order to figure out the risk factors of suicide. Collecting materials from the informants and the proxy respondents of the deceased, Psychological autopsy could reconstruct the physical, psychological and social state of the deceased. Studies have shown that psychological autopsy is one of the most valuable tools for suicide research. This paper systematically introduces the research method of psychological autopsy, and its applications in the field of suicide research. Consequently, the paper discusses the research advancement on the risk factors of suicide using the method of psychological autopsy. Further studies should be carried out from a culturally sensitive perspective. It is also necessary to implement the method of psychological autopsy to explore the complex interaction among the multiple risk factors of suicide.

Key words:suicide,psychological autopsy,mental disorder,personality disorder,life events

ReleaseDate:2018-03-29 16:57:03

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