Journal Published Online: 01 November 2002
Volume 47, Issue 6

Psychological Autopsies: The Current Department of Defense Effort to Standardize Training and Quality Assurance



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.

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Ritchie, EC
Mental Health Policy and Women's Health Issues, Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
Gelles, MG
US Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Washington, D.C.
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Stock #: JFS15577J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15577J