Journal Published Online: 01 November 1999
Volume 44, Issue 6

Preserving the Integrity of the Interview: The Value of Videotape



This article addresses the value of videotape in forensic mental health evaluations. Literature reviews were conducted using Medline and PsychInfo Databases. The authors briefly describe the general use of videotape, explore the use of videotape within the legal process, respond to opposition to videotape use, discuss confidentiality and consent issues, address possible exceptions to the use of videotape, and express their unwavering support for the use of videotape during forensic evaluations. The authors also provide a detailed set of instructions designed to assist professionals with establishing their own videotaping system. The authors conclude that videotape performs an essential function in the preservation of the integrity of forensic mental health evaluations.

Author Information

Pitt, SE
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Phoenix, AZ
Spiers, EM
Arizona School of Professional Psychology, Phoenix, Arizona
Dietz, PE
Park Dietz & Associates, Inc., Newport Beach, CA
Dvoskin, JA
The University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
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Stock #: JFS14602J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14602J