PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY

Pioneered by 1970's psychologists Shneidman and Earberow and medical examiner Murphy of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center, psychological autopsy is the examination of a subject's mental state prior to death. It is called for in the event of unusual or inexplicable circumstances present at the time of death.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY: "The psychological autopsy showed a great deal of stress on the subject prior to her death."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/psychological-autopsy/ (accessed February 23, 2020).
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