Interview preparation for interviewers
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The practice of interviewing and preparing for interviews is often described as “interviewing with the interviewer”.
However, there is some research that suggests that interviewers can also be more successful interviewing people with mental health problems than those without them.
Researchers conducted an experiment to find out if interviewing with a mental health professional is actually more effective than interviewing with an average person.
In this experiment, they asked a group of individuals with schizophrenia to rate the effectiveness of their mental health interviews by using a five-point scale.
Participants rated their interviews on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 3 meaning they thought the interviewers interview was excellent.
In the results, those who rated their mental wellbeing as good had a success rate of 87% compared with only a 25% success rate for the individuals who did not rate their wellbeing as high.
The research also found that those who scored high on their mental well-being also had a lower chance of being found to have a mental illness.
In other words, they were more likely to be seen as being in the right frame of mind to receive an accurate assessment.
In contrast, those with schizophrenia did not have a lower success rate at being able to correctly identify those with mental illness and to receive the correct diagnosis.
This is because, according to the study, those participants who were perceived as being more anxious were less likely to report being found competent to provide an accurate diagnosis.
As well as being less likely than those with no mental illness to be found competent, the study found that people with schizophrenia who were less anxious were also less likely that they would be seen to be “fit to answer”.
The researchers concluded that their study may have been “a step in the direction of greater support for the use of mental health professionals for the assessment of mental illness”.
They also found a greater success rate in those who were able to successfully assess those with the mental illness, as well as those who had the best results at receiving an accurate and accurate diagnosis of mental disorder.
Dr Jennifer Mears, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, said the research may have implications for other professions, including the interview process itself.
“We know that people are more likely than not to have been misled in their diagnosis or assessment of their disorder, so what we really need to know is whether people are really doing a good job of interpreting the data,” she said.
“If they are, we need to do better, and if not, we should be making better decisions.”
The findings will be published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
The study involved 16 people who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, 19 who had no psychiatric diagnosis and 22 who had only mild mental health conditions.
The researchers found that a total of 45% of participants rated their health interviews as good.
This was similar to that of the average person, with the exception of those who did poorly on the mental wellbeing scale, and who had more anxiety and depression than those who answered high on the scale.
Overall, the participants rated the interview as good for a total score of 6.6.
The average participant scored 4.6, which was slightly better than the average rating of 4.1 for the average participant in a group without mental health diagnoses.
Overall results from this study were consistent across all participants, with most individuals having a positive mental health assessment.
The next step will be to determine if this finding can be replicated with a larger sample of participants.
The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead agency for research into the causes and consequences of mental illnesses.
For more information about mental health, visit the NIMH website.
More about mental illness: Mental Health in Australia, Mental Health and the Australian Government
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