Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations


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A _____ is a conversation that takes place between a client and a psychologist for the purpose of aiding a psychologist with diagnosing and treating the client. It is also known as a 'conversation with a purpose'.

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1. Intake exams _____, while mental status exams _____.

2. Which of the following elements is NOT helpful to ensure a successful clinical interview?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How are clinical interviews used for psychological assessment, and how are these types of interviews conducted? The quiz questions will cover these topics and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Review your understanding of the following with these assessments:

  • Another term for a clinical interview
  • When intake interviews are conducted
  • Which patients often need mental status exams
  • Elements and disadvantages of clinical interviews

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about psychological assessments in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as mental status exam and intake interview
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how to conduct clinical interviews
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about performing clinical interviews

Additional Learning

To learn more about this assessment tool, review the corresponding lesson called Clinical Interviews in Psychological Assessment: Purpose, Process, & Limitations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define clinical interview
  • Learn about the different types of clinical interviews
  • Discuss how to conduct a clinical interview
  • Explore the benefits and limitations of clinical interviews