Year: 2006 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.36, no.5, (October 2006) p.491-510 SIEC No: 20070429

This paper reviews research based on the psychological autopsy method applied to the study of suicide. It evidences the presence of a number of methodological problems. The absence of homogeneity among studies in the procedure employed as well as the lack of defined guidelines for performing this type of inquiry are emphasized. Questions needing empirical investigation are pointed out. It is concluded the validity & reliability of findings emerging from the use of this method of investigation would benefit from a standardization of its application. (179 refs.)