Psychological Autopsy: the Psychological Assessment of the Dead Individual’s Role in the Death

Authors

  • Anand Kumar Vasudevan1 , Hanumantha2 , Lynne Eccleston3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1359

Keywords:

Psychological autopsy, Equivocal death, and Investigations.

Abstract

This article deals with the psychological assessment of equivocal death. As an investigator it is important to

possess the knowledge of the cause and manner of the circumstances surrounding any suspicious death. The

authors of this study have explored in detail the procedures involved in the equivocal death investigations

and protocols followed during the conduct of the interview by the investigators. However, the psychological

autopsy report has certain guidelines to be prepared and needs to be evaluated in-depth before any conclusions

is to be drawn. To be politically correct, this paper will leave no stone unturned in terms of psychological

assessment of the deceased role in the death.

Author Biography

Anand Kumar Vasudevan1 , Hanumantha2 , Lynne Eccleston3

1 Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Sri Muthukumaran Medical College

Hospital and Research Institute, Mangadu, Chennai, India, 2 Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine

& Toxicology, ESIC Medical College & PGIMSR, KK. Nagar, Chennai, India, 3Ex-Coordinator, Forensic

Psychology Program, University of Melbourne, Australia

Published

2020-07-24

How to Cite

Anand Kumar Vasudevan1 , Hanumantha2 , Lynne Eccleston3. (2020). Psychological Autopsy: the Psychological Assessment of the Dead Individual’s Role in the Death. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 13-18. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v20i3.1359