Conducting the Cross-Cultural Clinical Interview

Cervando Martinezjr

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This chapter describes basic principles and processes in the clinical mental health interview of a person from any cultural group. Because of the author's own background and the characteristics of his clinical work, the emphasis of the chapter is on the Hispanic/Latino group, specifically Mexican Americans. The principles outlined can apply to many types of interviews: diagnostic, psychotherapeutic, emergency, and so on. The approach can best be described as dynamic but also available to gathering information for formal DSM diagnoses and formulations. Nuances of the cross-cultural dynamic process in the areas of language, intrapersonal attitudes/feelings, communication patterns, and other areas are covered. Specific psychotherapy techniques and explicit details about diagnostic formulation are beyond the scope of this chapter and are not examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Multicultural Mental Health: Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780123944207
StatePublished - Jul 31 2013


  • Hispanic
  • Language of interview
  • Latino
  • Mental health interview
  • Mexican American

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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