This paper explores the interpenetration of clinical and research interviewing processes in research interviews The data are interviews with 17 women diagnosed as schizophrenic, and with their husbands, over the period 1957-1961. The interviews began with the first week of admission to Napa state hospital, and ended up to two years after discharge. The respondents were in a situation of medical uncertainty and marital disruption. They utilized both the form and the content of the research interviews in a therapeutic manner, seeking advice, opinions and information from the interviewers. The interviewers, as they had been trained to do, attempted to resist their respondents' demands, not always successfully.

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