Diagnostic Interviewing

Fourth Edition

  • Daniel L. Segal
  • Michel Hersen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Daniel L. Segal, Andrea June, Meghan A. Marty
    Pages 1-21
  3. Catherine Miller
    Pages 23-37
  4. Philinda Smith Hutchings, Thomas B. Virden
    Pages 39-59
  5. Michael Daniel, Jessica Gurczynski
    Pages 61-88
  6. Steven N. Gold, Yenys Castillo
    Pages 89-102
  7. Rose C. Smith, Lisa S. Elwood, Matthew T. Feldner, Bunmi O. Olatunji
    Pages 125-151
  8. Leilani Feliciano, Amber M. Gum
    Pages 153-176
  9. Wendy N. Tenhula, Jason Peer
    Pages 177-200
  10. Brian P. O’Connor, Edouard S. St. Pierre
    Pages 201-226
  11. David C. Hodgins, Katherine Diskin, Jonathan N. Stea
    Pages 227-249
  12. Jessica F. Magidson, Marina A. Bornovalova, Stacey B. Daughters
    Pages 251-281
  13. Caroline F. Pukall, Marta Meana, Yolanda Fernandez
    Pages 283-313
  14. Risa J. Stein, Ryan D. Field, John P. Foreyt
    Pages 315-342
  15. Ivan R. Molton, Katherine A. Raichle
    Pages 343-369
  16. Erin Smith, Sheila A. M. Rauch
    Pages 371-395
  17. William Fals-Stewart, Wendy K. K. Lam, Michelle L. Kelley
    Pages 397-421
  18. Mary Ashton Phillips, Alan M. Gross
    Pages 423-441
  19. Grace S. Hubel, Mary Fran Flood, David J. Hansen
    Pages 443-466
  20. Christine Gould, Barry A. Edelstein, Caroline Ciliberti
    Pages 467-494
  21. Jay M. Behel, Bruce Rybarczyk
    Pages 495-516
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 517-547

About this book


A cornerstone of the professional relationship and a vital prerequisite to treatment, the diagnostic interview sets the tone for the therapy to come. It can also be a source of anxiety for beginning practitioners—and even for established ones working in new settings or with unfamiliar populations.

This Fourth Edition of Diagnostic Interviewing breaks down the interview process over a wide range of clients and problems, creating a straightforward practical guide for beginning clinicians and an invaluable source of information for more seasoned therapists. Completely revised and updated to reflect diagnostic standards according to the DSM-IV-TR and the latest innovations in theory and practice, the book offers a wealth of useful interviewing approaches and techniques, and emphasizes the individuality of each client. The format of the earlier editions has been retained, with descriptions of the disorders, case illustrations, recommendations for assessment, standardized interview formats, discussion of sociocultural considerations, and other pertinent information. Readers will be able to approach the clinical art as well as the science of clinical and diagnostic interviewing with enhanced skills and confidence.

Highlights of the coverage:

  • Interviewing strategies, rapport building, and the role of empathy.
  • The mental status examination.
  • Consideration of neuropsychological factors in interviewing.
  • Dealing with interviewee defenses and defensiveness.
  • Specific disorders, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, and schizophrenia.
  • Special populations, including marital dyads, abused children, couples, and older adults.

As with its predecessors, this book is a trusted resource for all psychologists, psychiatrists, and other practitioners using the interviewing process in diagnosing clients. Additionally, Diagnostic Interviewing, Fourth Edition, also serves as a bedrock text for the instructor and the student.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel L. Segal
    • 1
  • Michel Hersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of Colorado, Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsU.S.A.
  2. 2.School of Professional PsychologyPacific UniversityHillsboroU.S.A.

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