Personal Assessments Adolescent Suicide Victims

Kelly K. Browning, University of South Florida

The rates of suicide in Florida are significantly above the national rate, and over the prior two years, Volusia County has recorded among the highest number of suicides in the state. This research focused on the recreation of the mental and physical state of the suicide victim during the time leading up to their death. Psychological autopsy interviews were conducted with family members, teachers, friends, coaches, physicians and law enforcement. The psychological autopsy was chosen to help identifying risk factors for youth suicide that might allow for both early detection and intervention.

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Updated 05/20/2006