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Presenting Problem, History of Presenting Problem, and Social History

  • Philinda Smith Hutchings
  • Thomas B. Virden
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Abstract

The client usually approaches the interview seeking assistance to address a problem. The task of the interviewer is to gather information about the client, the problem, the circumstances, and context, as well as the history, in order to conclude with a diagnostic impression. The diagnosis sets the stage for intervention, because the first step in addressing a problem is to define it, and it must be defined carefully and accurately. The most skillfully implemented intervention will fail miserably if it seeks to address the wrong problem. Therefore, the successful diagnostic interview relies on the thoughtful and well-planned gathering of information about the problem in order to arrive at a reasonable and supportable diagnosis (Rosqvist, Björgvinsson, & Davidson, 2007).

Keywords

Pathological Gambling Present Problem Antisocial Personality Disorder Social History Adjustment Disorder 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Midwestern UniversityGlendaleUSA

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