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Medley of Assessment Instruments from the UCLA Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program

Purpose: The purpose of distributing this assortment of assessment instruments is to make them available to clinicians working in diverse facilities and treatment programs. Initially developed by the UCLA Psychiatric Rehabilitation , they have proven equally useful in diverse facilities and programs, providing the same results regardless of  clinicians’ disciplines and experiences. It should be noted that the purchaser of the medley may duplicate and distribute as many copies of each assessment test as he/she requires.

Use: The medley includes five assessment instruments: a) Social and Psychiatric History schedule, b) Brief Family Evaluation Interview, c) Social Interaction Schedule, d) Social Competence Inventory, and e) Target Complaint Scale.

  1. Social and Psychiatric History Schedule. A comprehensive record of a client’s demographic characteristics (age, education marital status, etc), vocational history, military history, psychiatric history, chronicity of illness, current living situation, current and year-ago performance of problematic behaviors such as physical and verbal aggression, alcohol/substance use, medical and medication history, family history of mental illness, and premorbid psychosocial functioning. Instructions and examples are included with the schedule so that staff can easily become familiar with its administration.

  2. Brief Family Evaluation Interview. This interview assesses the burden imposed on the family by caring for the ill family member. The goal is to provide information about the family’s potential role in the ill member’s rehabilitation treatment. Each family member is interviewed individually for 60 to 90 minutes using a loosely structured interview schedule to which probe and clarification questions can be added as needed. Given the less structured nature of the interview, it is particularly well-suited for administration by experienced clinicians.

  3. Social Interaction Schedule. This Schedule is a record of the observations of a client whose behavior during the instantaneous observation is classified as a) engaged in interactive/Isolate activity, b) inappropriate (talking to self, pacing, stereotypic movements, involuntary facial movements, inappropriate grooming), and c) alertness (awake/asleep). An observation and its coding/recording are very brief, and can be easily conducted on any time-sample schedule that is convenient and adequately samples the behaviors of interest.

  4. Social Competence Inventory. This Inventory assesses an individual’s typical responses to cope with common problematic social situations. The situations, pro-social responses to cope with them, and the outcomes are described, and the individual rates how “true” this description is of his or her typical behaviors (not at all true, not very true, sometimes true, pretty much true, very true). For example, the item might be “I resolve conflicts or arguments without fighting, being teased, or humiliated,” and the individual indicates the “truth” of this description of his/her typical behavior. Four versions are included; Self and Informant Reports for Adults, and Self and Informant Reports for Adolescents.

  5. Target Compliant Scale. This Scale is a time-honored approach to producing individualized outcome measures. The client precisely defines a problem, symptom, or behavior that is bothersome, and then operationally defines the degree of being bothered on each of 5 scale points; couldn’t be worse, very much, pretty much, a little, not at all. With this individualized scale, the client can repeatedly rate the problem. symptom, or complaint and identify the efficacy of various conditions such as medications, rehabilitation treatment, daily “irritants,“ interactions, etc.

Manual: The manual includes the current versions of the instruments and the instructions to administer them.

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