Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 27–41 | Cite as

Autobiographical interviewing and narrative analysis: An approach to psychosocial assessment

  • Lee Strickland


Use of an autobiographical interviewing approach in the psychosocial assessment process allows the clinician efficient access to rich diagnostic material in a way that is comfortable for the client. This approach invites rather than discourages storytelling and is consistent with recent interest in narrative perspectives on assessment and treatment. This article describes the use of the autobiographical interview with a chemically dependent woman and details three analytical approaches for understanding the self-narratives which result.


Social Psychology Analytical Approach Assessment Process Recent Interest Narrative Analysis 
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  • Lee Strickland
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  1. 1.Response Center 9304 N. Skokie Blvd.Skokie

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