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Psicologia para América Latina

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RODRIGUEZ, Jacobo Herrera; ZAYAS, Jesica Vega  and  COYASO, Francisco Javier Ruvalcaba. Psychological autopsy: Review and proposal of application in cases of suicide and femicide in Mexico. Psicol. Am. Lat. [online]. 2019, n.32, pp.143-156. ISSN 1870-350X.

This document presents an investigation that sought as objective to establish the reflection elements to propose the application of the psychological autopsy technique as an aid in the expert-epidemiological study in suicide cases and in police-legal and epidemiological research in femicide cases. The work consisted in the search and documentary review in physical collections and in databases of materials consisting of technical proposals or reports of psychological autopsy as a forensic technique. The work analyzed the origins, methods and possibilities of application of the Psychological Autopsy. As a result, it was found that although the denomination of Psychological Autopsy is a general conception, there are differences between proposals, from which the technique can be refined and approximations to protocols for cases such as suicide or femicides. In the end it concludes with a proposal sketch for the application of psychological autopsy based on the inclusion of elements from different protocols.

Keywords : psychological autopsy; suicide; homicide; femicide.

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