Psychiatric assessments prominently feature in TV series like ‘Killing Eve’ or documentaries like ‘What makes a murderer’. The focus of these programmes often is on the mental state of the accused or convicted rather than with the process through which psychiatrists assess people. In a recent article in The Guardian the Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Taj Ranjan entitled “Inside the mind of a murderer: the power and limits of forensic psychiatry” points to the importance of this process and the work that psychiatrists need to undertake to get a person to talk. In their recent article “From Engagement to Disengagement in a Psychiatric Assessment Process” Anssi Peräkylä, Liisa Voutilainen, Maarit Lehtinen, and Mariel Wuolio use conversation analysis to examine the process of psychiatric assessment. They inspect 9 clinical interviews to study patient engagement in a psychiatric assessment process with a young woman who eventually received the diagnosis of personality disorder.
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