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April 1960

Some Determinants of Clinical Evaluations of Different Psychiatrists

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, N.C.
University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(4):434-440. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590100074008

The use of the interview as a diagnostic technique continues in spite of the many questions raised about its reliability and validity. There is a subjective feeling of comfort and security to be had from seeing and talking with a person which persists even when the information gained, translated, and sorted into ratings, predictions, and the like, fails to correlate with other variables (Kelly and Fiske,3 1951). Those who feel that the interview has little value state that in an unstructured situation there is too great a danger that the interviewer will be biased by his own needs and attitudes. Robinson and Cohen5 (1954) found reliable differences in the case reports of interns in clinical psychology which were related to the personality characteristics of the interns, and somewhat similar results were reported by Raines and Rohrer4 (1955) in a study of psychiatrists’ ratings of Naval

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