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Interview schedules are established protocols, usually writen , detailing the procedures and the questions to be asked in a structured interview.

Use in researchEdit

Use in clinical assessmentEdit

Interview schedules are sometimes employed in psychological assessment and psychiatric evaluation, particularly in intake interviews in order to standardise information collection. Examples include:

See alsoEdit


  • Bravo, M., Canino, G. J., Rubio-Stipec, M., & Woodbury-Farina, M. (1991). A cross-cultural adaptation of a psychiatric epidemiologic instrument: The Diagnostic Interview Schedule's adaptation in Puerto Rico. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 15(1), 1-18.
  • Brugha, T. S., Jenkins, R., Taub, N., Meltzer, H., & Bebbington, P. E. (2001). A general population comparison of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) and the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN). Psychological Medicine, 31(6), 1001-1013.
  • Canada, R. M. (1973). The effects of two differing reinforcement schedules on the acquisition and use of a pre-practicum interview skill. Dissertation Abstracts International, 33(9-A), 4824-4825.
  • Eaton, W. W., Neufeld, K., Chen, L.-S., & Cai, G. (2000). A comparison of self-report and clinical diagnostic interviews for depression: Diagnostic Interview Schedule and Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry in the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area follow-up. Archives of General Psychiatry, 57(3), 217-222.
  • Goodwin, L. D., Sands, D. J., & Kozleski, E. B. (1991). Estimating interinterviewer reliability for interview schedules used in special education research. The Journal of Special Education, 25(1), 73-89.
  • Hesselbrock, V., & et al. (1982). A comparison of two interview schedules: The Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia--Lifetime and the National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule. Archives of General Psychiatry, 39(6), 674-677.
  • King, M. B., Jr. (1944). Reliability of the ideacentered question in interview schedules. American Sociological Review, 9, 57-64.
  • Lopez, S., & Nunez, J. A. (1987). Cultural factors considered in selected diagnostic criteria and interview schedules. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 96(3), 270-272.
  • Morrison, D. E. (1958). A boxing system for interview schedules. American Sociological Review, 23, 83-84.
  • Schutzwohl, M., Kallert, T., & Jurjanz, L. (2007). Using the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN 2.1) as a diagnostic interview providing dimensional measures: Cross-national findings on the psychometric properties of psychopathology scales. European Psychiatry, 22(4), 229-238.
  • Watson, C. G., Anderson, P. E., Thomas, D., & Nyberg, K. (1992). Comparability of telephone and face to face diagnostic interview schedules. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 180(8), 534-535.
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