Interviewing and Report Writing

  • Barry A. Edelstein
  • Ellen S. Berler
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

The interview is probably the most widely used assessment procedure, regardless of one’s theoretical orientation (Haynes, 1978: Linehan, 1977; Morganstern, 1976; Swan & MacDonald, 1978), and it is typically the first contact one has with clients and the significant individuals in their environment (Atkeson & Forehand, 1981). The content and standardization of questions, the general style of inquiry, and the way in which one interprets the obtained information frequently vary with the theoretical orientation of the interviewer. Regardless of the orientation of the interviewer, the interview influences the client’s behavior and the consequent analysis and intervention that is based on the information obtained by the interviewer (Haynes, 1978). In short, the interview is the first critical link in the therapeutic process.

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Diagnostic Interview Target Behavior Child Psychiatry Behavioral Assessment Apply Behavior Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry A. Edelstein
    • 1
  • Ellen S. Berler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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