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Psychosocial Assessments


General Assessments of Mental Status Assessments of Cognition, Affect, Depression &/or Sensory Processing Assessments of Task Performance Assessments of Occupational Performance & Roles
Name: Mini Mental State Exam (the Folstein Mini Mental)

Purpose: quick screening test of cognitive functioning

Method: structured tasks are presented in an interview format (part I: verbal responses to assess orientation, memory, and attention; part II- assesses ability o write a sentence, name objects, follow verbal/written directions, and copy a complex polygon design); max score is 30 and score 24 or below indicates cognitive impairment

Population: individuals with cognitive or psychiatric dysfunction

Name: Allen Cognitive Level Test

Purpose: assesses cognitive level (according to Allen cognitive levels); yields info about abilities and limitation

Method: performance of several leather lacing stitches following instruction and/or demo; level criteria= level 2 (unable to imitate running stitch), level 3 (able to imitate running stitch, 3 stitches), level 4 (able to imitate whip stitch, 3 stitches), level 5 (able to imitate single cordovan stitch using overt physical trial and error, 3 stitches), level 6 (able to imitate single cordovan stitch using overt mental trial and error, 3 stitches)

Population: individuals with cognitive or psychiatric dysfunction

Name: Bay Area Functional Performance Evaluation

Purpose: assesses cognitive, affective, performance and social interaction skills to perform ADLs

Method: brief interview; task oriented assessment (5 standardized timed tasks to measure cognition, performance, affect, qualitative signs, and referral indicators) and social interaction scale (5 situations to assess general ability to relate to others within environment); optional self-report; each scored separately

Population: adult individuals with psychiatric, neurological, or developmental diagnoses

Name: Activities Health Assessment

Purpose: assesses time usage, patterns and configurations of activities, roles, and underlying skills and habits

Method: person is interviewed and completes idiosyncratic activities configuration schedule and questionnaire; not scored; determination of person’s activities health is made by person and therapist

Population: adults through elders

Name: Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire

Purpose: assesses intellectual function

Method: a short questionnaire asks 9 questions and a subtraction task; each item receives 1 point if inaccurate; score of 0-2 indicates intact intellectual function, 8-10 is severe impairment

Population: individuals with cognitive or psychiatric dysfunction

Name: Beck Depression Inventory

Purpose: measures the presence and depth of depression

Method: interview or questionnaire completion; individual rates his/her feelings relative to 21 characteristics associated with depression; items are score 0-3, 3 being most severe; score greater than 21= sever depression

Population: adolescent and adult

Name: Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluation Scale

Purpose: to observe and rate behavioral changes in areas of general, interpersonal, and activity level

Method: individual is observed and ranked for 7 items for general behavior, 6 items for interpersonal behavior, and 12 items for task behavior; scored 0= normal to 4= severe

Population: adults with acute psychiatric diagnoses

Name: Adolescent Role Assessment

Purpose: assesses the development of internalized roles within family, school, and social settings

Method: semi-structured interview that follows an interview guide to generate discussion; scoring indicates behavior that is appropriate, marginal or inappropriate

Population: adolescent age 13 to 17

Name: Elder Depression Scale

Purpose: assesses depression in elderly

Method: 30 item checklist which looks at presence of characteristics associated with depression; items are scored yes or no; score of 10-11 most often indicates depression

Population: elders

Name: Barth Time Construction

Purpose: assesses time usage, roles, and underlying skills and habits

Method: person constructs a color-coded chart depicting the way his/her time is spent; COTE scale may also be completed; not scored

Population: adolescent through elder

Name: Hamilton Depression Rating Scale

Purpose: measures severity of illness and changes over time

Method: interview; clinician rates info obtained relative to 17 symptoms and characteristics; also rated are diurnal variation, depersonalization, paranoid symptoms, and obsessional symptoms; items are rated 0-2, with 0= absent and 2= present or 0-4, with 0= absent and 4= severe; significance of score is not made as it is used to determine changes in individual’s status

Population: individuals diagnosed with a mood disorder, depressive illness

Name: Canadian Occupational Performance Measure

Purpose: identifies perception of satisfaction with performance and changes over time in areas of self-care, productivity and leisure

Method: semi-structured interview; problem areas are identified and rated by the individual as to performance and satisfaction; items are rated on scale of 1-10, with 10 being highest

Population: individuals over the age of 7 or parents of small children

Name: Schroeder-Block- Campbell Adult Psychiatric Sensory- Integration Evaluation

Purpose: to assess sensory integration

Method: 2 sub-scales assess physical assessment, abnormal movement, and childhood history; identifies movements such as akathisia and tardive dyskinesia, identifies developmental delays or neuro soft signs, and person drawing elicits info about body image

Population: adults with a psychiatric diagnosis

Name: Occupational Case Analysis Interview Rating Scale

Purpose: to assess the extent and nature of an individual’s occupational adaptation

Method: semi-structured interview; therapist rates each item form 1-5, with 5 being highest

Population: originally designed for adult through elder populations with psychiatric diagnoses, but is currently being used in a broader context

Name: Occupational Performance History Interview

Purpose: gathers info about an individual’s past and present occupational performance

Method: interview format covering 5 content areas; 10 items, 2 for each content area, are rated on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being highest

Population: variety of populations from adolescent to elders

Name: Role Checklist

Purpose: assesses role participation and the value of specific roles

Method: checklist; part 1 identifies major role that serve to organize a person’s life in past, present, and future; part 2 identifies the degree to which the individual values each role; there is no score

Population: adolescent through elder individuals with physical or psychosocial dysfunction