Year: 1998 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v.37, no.11, (Nov.1998), p.1161-66 SIEC No: 19980976

It is hypothesized that the absence of youth informant data in psychological autopsy studies can introduce a significant degree of systematic reporting bias at diagnostic & symptom levels. Data was obtained from both the parents & 52 adolescent attempters who were matched to a sample of previously studied suicide completers. Psychological autopsy studies of adolescent suicide are likely to underestimate the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, particularly major depression & alcohol abuse.