Informational Specificity: A Correlate of Verbal Output in the Diagnostic Interview The influence of clinicians' verbalizations on clients' verbal output in the diagnostic interview is examined. The clinician’s activity is viewed in terms of the construct of informational specificity and a specificity scale derived from this construct. Clinical and research evidence indicates an inverse relationship between specificity and verbal output: low ... Forum
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Forum   |   November 01, 1971
Informational Specificity: A Correlate of Verbal Output in the Diagnostic Interview
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1971, Vol. 36, 518-526. doi:10.1044/jshd.3604.518
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1971, Vol. 36, 518-526. doi:10.1044/jshd.3604.518

The influence of clinicians' verbalizations on clients' verbal output in the diagnostic interview is examined. The clinician’s activity is viewed in terms of the construct of informational specificity and a specificity scale derived from this construct. Clinical and research evidence indicates an inverse relationship between specificity and verbal output: low specificity yields greater verbal output; high specificity is associated with limited productivity. These effects are illustrated with excerpts from two diagnostic interviews and indications for the use of low and high specificity by the interviewer are discussed.

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