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Interview Assessment

  1. Robert J. Craig

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0466

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Craig, R. J. 2010. Interview Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Roosevelt University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Surveys reveal that the clinical interview is the most frequently used assessment method among 95% of psychologists (Watkins, Campbell, Nieberding, & Hallmark, 1995). Although there are general factors that influence the content and structure of a clinical interview, perhaps the single most guiding factor is the theoretical orientation of the psychologist. There are primarily four major theoretical orientations that are popular among psychologists today: psychodynamic, client-centered (which has merged with humanistic and existential orientations), cognitive-behavioral, and family systems approaches.


  • clinical interviewing;
  • forensic evaluations;
  • motivational interviewing