The Nature of Confirmatory Strategies in the Initial Assessment Process

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Description: Because mental health counselors typically rely on confirmatory or supportive questions to gain initial impressions about their clients 'presenting concerns, they tend to search for differential diagnostic information less frequently (e.g., Haverkamp, 1993; Parmley, 2007). There has been little empirical attention given to the potential mechanisms for confirmatory questions. Accordingly, this study used multilevel modeling to analyze 772 confirmatory and disconfirmatory questions generated by 97 mental health counselors in training. Mental health counselors in this study, as in previous research, generated more confirmatory questions that supported their initial diagnostic impression than disconfirmatory questions; confirmatory questions were rated as having more diagnostic clarity and as being more specific. Further, confirmatory questions were more likely to be elicited from the initial case data presented to the counselor. These findings suggest that the ability of mental health counselors to generate questions that support their initial impressions may surpass their ability to formulate questions that adequately test differential diagnoses. Implications for training and practice are offered. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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