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Suicide in Later Life: Psychological Autopsy Findings

  • Yeates Conwell (a1), Kurt Olsen (a2), Eric D. Caine (a3) and Catherine Flannery (a3)
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  • Published online: 01 March 1991

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 and directions for future investigation discussed. The psychological autopsy is shown to be a viable method for studying suicide in the elderly.

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