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Structured Clinical Interviews

A structured clinical interview is an assessment that trained interviewers administer to a person for the purpose of establishing diagnoses of mental health disorders or his or her standing on some sort of psychological (e.g., psychopathy) or behavioral (e.g., problem drinking) construct. These interviews typically include standardized sets of questions that correspond to a particular diagnosis or construct. Many of the questions yield highly specific information, such as the number of drinks the person had in a particular time frame or the length of time in which the person was experiencing depressed mood. The information yielded by these interviews is typically translated into a standardized scoring system. The rationale for such interviews is that the reliability, or replicability, of diagnoses and other conclusions drawn ...

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