Year: 1977 Source: Psychological Reports, v.40, no.1, (February 1977), p.11-14 SIEC No: 19820632

The present study compared coroner- and psychologist-assigned motives in 166 suicides committed in Riverside County, CA between January 1963 & June 1974. A Spearman rank-order correlation of .81 between motives assigned by coroners & psychologists was obtained. Depression was assigned by coroners significantly more often than by psychologists. Psychologists assigned marital difficulties & sexual problems significantly more often than did coroners.