Interviews in Clinical Psychology


Interviews within Clinical Psychology 

Define (Ao1)
> Structured interviews = Set of standardised questions that cannot be changed. All participants must be asked the same questions in the same format. 
> Semi-structured interviews = Set questions, but the interviewer to explore issues and extend answers.
> Unstructured interviews = Free to explore all areas of interest with no structure or set questions.
> Interviewers will find personal data required for the study (gender, age, marital status, employment, or other areas of significance relating to the purpose of the study)
> The use of standardised instructions is required at the start of an interview so that respondents are aware of ethical issues (right to withdraw, confidentiality, ect)

Evaluation of Interviews (Ao3)
> Unstructured interviews gather rich qualitative data, as issues can be explored and the respondant is able to use their own words and express their ideas clearly without limitations.
Data tends to be valid as respondants use their own words and interviewers can obtain respondant validation (clarification on statments and answers, and the meaning of) which reduces bias.
> Leading questions and other forms of bias can be present, lowering validity (interviewer bias)
> Subjectivity involved in analysis as themes and catagories have to


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