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Chapter 8. Rating Scales

Alison Leary, Ph.D.; Brent Collett, Ph.D.; Kathleen Myers, M.D., M.P.H.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.453300

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The term rating scale refers to any instrument that provides rapid assessment of a behavior or psychological dimension, yields a numerical score that is easily interpreted, and complements clinical care. This chapter presents rating scales that have high utility for disorders that are frequently treated in general psychiatric practice. The text discusses general issues regarding the use of the scales, including their strengths and weaknesses, and the tables provide information regarding the availability of psychometric data. Readers may also review the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Vol 34, Issue 3, 2005) for a special section devoted to evidence-based assessment practices. Another excellent resource is Assessment Scales in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Verhulst and van der Ende 2006), which provides both descriptions of scales that are beyond the scope of this chapter and copies of several reproducible scales. From the large number of available scales, those presented here were selected on the basis of their frequency of use in clinical practice and the adequacy of their psychometric properties.

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TABLE 8–1. Psychometric properties of broad-band rating scales
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TABLE 8–2. Psychometric properties of scales assessing externalizing behaviors
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TABLE 8–3. Psychometric properties of scales assessing internalizing symptoms
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TABLE 8–4. Psychometric properties of scales assessing autism spectrum disorders
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TABLE 8–5. Psychometric properties of scales assessing functional impairment and adaptive functioning

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