21 Assessing Personality and Psychopathology With Interviews

Assessment Psychology


  1. Robert J. Craig ABPP PhD

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop210021

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Craig, R. J. 2012. Assessing Personality and Psychopathology With Interviews. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 10:III:21.

Author Information

  1. Roosevelt University, Department of Psychology, Chicago, Illinois , USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


This chapter discusses contemporary issues in assessing psychopathology and personality with interviews. We discuss types of interviews, how clients and clinicians approach an interview, and structured versus unstructured interviews. The structure of the interview is presented along with continuing concerns with official diagnostic systems. Issues that complicate the assessment process for personality disorders are discussed, including the base rate problem, the role of affective disorders, state versus trait assessment, the role of culture, reliability of psychiatric diagnosis, diagnostic overlap, and comorbidities. Current findings on the reliability of structured clinical interviews are presented. We also discuss latest trends in telepsychiatry and telepsychology. The chapter concludes with a discussion on computer-assisted diagnosis and suggestions for the future.


  • personality;
  • psychopathology interviews