ERIC Number: ED407765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Slomka, Gregory T.
This report provides an overview of the use of functional assessment in the evaluation of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. It begins by discussing the difficulties with traditional forms of assessment and the development of functional assessment, particularly in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. The need to not rely on any single modality for assessment, but to incorporate functional assessment methodologies into a larger framework of comprehensive evaluation is emphasized. Topics covered in the report include: (1) the definition and uses of functional assessment; (2) the methodologies of functional assessment (including behavioral interviewing techniques, direct observation techniques, self-observation techniques, and checklists, questionnaires, and rating scales); (3) general principles of functional assessment; (4) special functional impairments in populations with chronic mental illness; (5) behavioral assessment strategies; (6) behavioral excesses, deficits, and assets; (7) the nested skills approach to assessment and training; and (8) resource management. A form is provided for evaluating the psychosocial profile of a subject along with a critical skills checklist. Appendices include a summary of the information for use in a slide presentation. (Contains 29 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Rehabilitation Science and Technology.