Year: 1990 Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v.38, no.11, (November 1990), p.1169-1175 SIEC No: 19910073

Psychological autopsy methodology has not been applied to elderly suicides, because it is thought that older adults who die by suicide are socially isolated & therefore it is difficult ot find knowledgeable informants. This retrospective study examines the number & availability of informants for 145 older people who committed suicide. The authors find there was at least 1 knowledgeable informant in 90% of cases, & 2 or more in almost 50%. 2 case studies are included. (VM)