Project: Research project

Project Details


The 24 month training and research fellowship enables the applicant to
acquire new research skills in epidemiological methods of rare events,
expand research knowledge in the areas of homicide-suicide in an older
population, and provide the base for completion of a dissertation in the
field of Aging Studies. The primary research and training will be under
the sponsorship and direction of Donna Cohen, PhD, Professor and Chair of
the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the University of South
Florida. The proposed research will use a psychological autopsy method to
identify and clarify individual, environmental, and relationship factors
involved in homicide-suicide and suicide among older spousal intimates.
Thirty homicide-suicide cases and sixty suicide case controls will be
ascertained through the participation of 12 medical examiner districts in
Florida over the 24 month period. Data analyses will consist of 1)
Latent Variable Analysis to identify correlations among variables and
allow for the formation of larger constructs; 2) Multivariate Logistic
Regressions will be conducted to determine variables that represent
significant risk for homicide-suicide and suicide among older, married
couples. Age, demographic variables, Axis I and Axis II diagnoses, and
the latent construct variables determined from previous analyses will be
analyzed in the model. The specific aims of the proposal are 1) to
clarify antecedents for the violent acts of homicide-suicide and suicide
in older adults, and 2) explain differences in these antecedents in
homicide-suicide and suicide.
Effective start/end date11/1/9710/31/99


  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health


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