The psychosocial history is a critical component of the assessment of patients with substance abuse, dependence, and related problems. Collection of this information typically occurs during a patient interview, but it may also be gathered using self-report questionnaires and other assessment instruments. There are multiple components of the psychosocial history that collectively contribute to a thorough assessment of the patient's current psychological functioning and future treatment needs. This entry provides a summary of the main components of the psychosocial history and proposes useful strategies to acquire this information during a patient evaluation.

Establishing Rapport

Establishing initial rapport with a patient during an evaluation is essential in gaining a valid, consistent, and thorough psychosocial history. Strategies consistent with motivational interviewing, an approach developed by William Miller and Stephen ...

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