Interdisciplinary Fitness Interview (IFI)

The Interdisciplinary Fitness Interview (IFI) is a semistructured assessment device designed to help examiners explore systematically the domain of psycholegal abilities associated with adjudicative competency. Originally developed by Stephen Golding and Ronald Roesch for a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)–sponsored comparative validity study of methods of assessing competency, the IFI was developed on the basis of three assumptions. First, the Competency Assessment Interview, which was the most promising and articulated assessment device available at the time, was outdated and did not include many of the psycholegal abilities associated with adjudicative competency that emerged from an extensive review of competency case law and research. Second, an approach was needed that stressed the possible, but not automatically assumed, linkage between psychopathology and incapacity. Third, an ...

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