Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Daniel S. McKitrick, Ph.D.


Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the United States. The most recent census projected that by the year 2010 Latinos will comprise 20% of the U.S. population. Studies suggest that there are conditions in the United States that place Latinos at increased risk for psychiatric disorders. A critical review of the literature indicates a dearth of research on how to systematically conduct a comprehensive theoretically based, culturally sensitive clinical interview with Latinos. Although several authors refer to components of the interview, none of the suggestions are comprehensive or flexible enough to capture the complexity of the information that is procured from a clinical interview. Available research on how to conduct a clinical interviewwith Latinos is reviewed in this report. How to modify an existing model to make the interview culturally relevant is discussed. Three distinct formats for conducting the interview are compared and contrasted.