Year: 1991 Source: International Psychogeriatrics, v.3, no.1, (Spring 1991), p.59-66 SIEC No: 20010448

The authors report preliminary data from a psychological autopsy study of completed suicide in late life. Sixteen of 18 victims had diagnosable psychopathology, most commonly major depression of late onset. Symptoms manifest prior to death are described & directions for future investigation discussed. The psychological autopsy is shown to be viable method for studying suicide in the elderly. (31 refs.)