(Received 8 July 2002; accepted 29 June 2002)
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Psychological autopsies have been gathered by the US military for a long time, both for lessons learned after a known suicide and to investigate an equivocal death. The term “psychological autopsies” is now being restricted to define an investigation by mental health to help determine, in an equivocal death, if the manner of death is a homicide, suicide, an accident, or from natural causes. The Department of Defense has developed policy, and is now implementing training and peer review. A sample model curriculum, report format and quality assurance standards are included.
Program Director, Mental Health Policy and Women's Health Issues, Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
Chief Psychologist, US Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Washington, D.C.
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