ERIC Number: ED412253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Assessing Interrater Reliability of GARF Ratings of Couples' Functioning.
Corcoran, Kevin J.; White, Lyle J.; Michels, Jennifer L.; Gilbert, David G.
Recently, a great deal of attention has been focused on the development of a system of relational diagnosis to be incorporated into the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic system, that of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). One of the more intriguing components of this effort is the Global Assessment of Relational Functioning (GARF), which purports to assess the functioning of relational units along dimensions of problem solving, emotional support, and organization. Unfortunately, to date little meaningful reliability data exist concerning this scale. In this study, 64 couples were videotaped while they attempted to resolve their most serious relational problem. Twelve advanced graduate students in training rated the interactions, using the GARF scaling presented in DSM-IV. Results revealed statistically significant, although clinically unsatisfactory, interrater reliability (r=0.43). Results are discussed in terms of the work remaining on the development of the GARF before it is ready for inclusion in a future DSM, and the importance of psychometric properties such as reliability in the development of the GARF and their tests of relational functioning. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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