Year: 1988 Source: AAS Newslink, v.14, no.2, (June 1988), p.4 SIEC No: 19880426

The article discusses “psychological autopsy” as evidence in a criminal trial. The case was child abuse charges against a Florida mother who forced her daughter, 17, to work as a nude dancer. The issue was whether their relationship was a significant contributing cause of the daughter’s 1986 suicide. Criticisms of the ruling include: condemning family survivors as accessories to a sin & crime & that psychological autopsies are based on retrospective, emotionally charged data & hearsay.