Interviews are among the most valuable and most frequently used tools in clinical practice. They can be defined as dyadic face-to-face interactions between two people (interviewer and interviewee) that are conducted for specific purposes. Clinical interviews cover a wide range of purposes, for example, rapport building, problem exploration, or establishing a psychiatric diagnosis according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
Typically, the interaction is asymmetric in the sense that the interviewer poses questions and the interviewee provides answers. Interview questions can be categorized according to their function and/or their form. Interview questions may have the following functions: introductory questions, gathering information, rapport building, transition from one topic of the interview to another, and reassuring that information was understood correctly. Depending on the specific purpose within an...
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