The Clinical Interview

Robert J. Craig

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Clinical Interview

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This article describes the anatomy of the basic clinical interview, focusing on its structure, content, factors affecting it, techniques, types, patient and psychologists' expectations, reliability, and computer-assisted clinical interviews. The term “clinical interview” as used in this article refers to the assessment of personality, personality disorders, and psychopathology. Too often, clinicians rely primarily on the clinical interview as their major tool for personality assessment and diagnosis. This is often never the case among forensic psychologists who routinely consult these sources as part of their exploration to determine fact. The article also uses the terms “client” and “patient” interchangeably.

Keywords: clinical interview; personality assessment; reliability; computer-assisted interviews; personality disorders; psychopathology; diagnosis; client; patient

Article.  16918 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Clinical Psychology

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