Year: 1985 Source: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, v.55, no.1, (January 1985), p.130-139 SIEC No: 19850007

Families of patients coming to psychiatric emergency service pose severe professional & emotional challenges. Interviewing the patient & family together has advantages for patient, family, & interviewer. The traditional emergency assessment is greatly enhanced by attention to the family perspective & to the broader social context. Such information effectively facilitates problem-solving & negotiation of disposition. The importance of the interviewer’s mature, flexible functioning is emphasized.