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Volume 18, Issue 2 (1989)

The Child Interview

pp. 247—259

ABSTRACT: Despite the wide-spread use of child interviewing by school psychologists, little published information is available on the advantages and disadvantages of different interviewing approaches appropriate for children and adolescents. The purpose of this article is to review child interview approaches, identifying their advantages and disadvantages. It is suggested that the utility of interview data can be enhanced by modifying the interview approach to accommodate children’s developmental characteristics. Three types of interviews differing in their degree of structure are reviewed and illustrated. Finally, research necessary to document the treatment utility of interview data is suggested.

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