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Structured and Semistructured Interviews

  1. Phan Y. Hong1,
  2. Stephen S. Ilardi2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0955

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Hong, P. Y. and Ilardi, S. S. 2010. Structured and Semistructured Interviews. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

  2. 2

    University of Kansas

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The past few decades have witnessed a rather striking shift toward the increased use of formal structure in the clinical interview process. It has become commonplace to categorize clinical interviews, on the basis of the degree of intrinsic structure imposed by the interviewer, into one of three distinct subtypes: structured, semistructured, and unstructured.


  • structured;
  • semistructured;
  • interview;
  • diagnostic;
  • assessment