Preliminary work for this project occurred when Dr. Moskos was at the Utah Department of Health. This research was funded by Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, Marriner Eccles Foundation, and the Utah Department of Health.
Utah Youth Suicide Study: Psychological Autopsy
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
2005 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 536–546, October 2005
How to Cite
Moskos, M., Olson, L., Halbern, S., Keller, T. and Gray, D. (2005), Utah Youth Suicide Study: Psychological Autopsy. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 35: 536–546. doi: 10.1521/suli.2005.35.5.536
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: March 18, 2004; Revision Accepted: December 20, 2004
We conducted a psychological autopsy study to further understand youth suicide in Utah. While traditional psychological autopsy studies primarily focus on the administration of psychometric measures to identify any underlying diagnosis of mental illness for the suicide decedent, we focused our interviews to identify which contacts in the decedent's life recognized risk factors for suicidal behavior, symptoms of mental illness, as well as barriers to mental health treatment for the decedent. Parents and friends recognized most symptoms universally, although friends better recognized symptoms of substance abuse than any other contact. The study results suggest that parents and friends are the most appropriate individuals for gatekeeper training and, in conjunction with other innovative screening programs, may be an effective strategy in reducing adolescent suicide.