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Conducting the clinical interview with Latinos

14 April 2006


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.


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