Multnomah Community Ability Scale

The Multnomah Community Ability Scale is a standardized mental health assessment which scores several different axes of functionality independently. The test was originally developed in Multnomah County, Oregon, whose name it still bears. The MCAS is a common tool in assessing progress on treatment goals, as it is more in-depth than the more simplified GAF scale. Continue reading

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Leisure Motivation Scale (LMS-28)

The Leisure Motivation Scale measures an individual’s motivation for participating in leisure activities. The four primary motivators identified by research are 1. intellectual (the extent to which the individual is motivated to engage in leisure activities that involve mental activities such as learning, exploring, discovering, creating, or imagining), 2. social (the extent to which an individual engages in leisure activities because of the need for friendship and interpersonal relationships and the need to be valued by others), 3. competence-mastery (the extent to which the individual engages in leisure activities in order to achieve, master, challenge, and compete), and 4. stimulus-avoidance (the extent that an individual needs to escape and get away from over-stimulating life situations). It is useful for establishing the components of leisure activities that motivate the individual to participate. Subscale of the Idyll Arbor Leisure Battery Continue reading

Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS-42)

The DASS is a 42-item questionnaire which includes three self-report scales designed to measure the negative emotional states of depression, anxiety and stress. Each of the three scales contains 14 items, divided into subscales of 2-5 items with similar content. The Depression scale assesses dysphoria, hopelessness, devaluation of life, self-deprecation, lack of interest/involvement, anhedonia, and inertia. Continue reading

Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety

Type of Tool: Diagnostic
Repeatability: Repeatable by Clinician’s Judgment
Description: The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale is designed to quantify the severity of anxiety symptoms and to assess the response to therapeutic interventions. It is a 14-item, clinician-administered instrument that measures current anxiety symptoms. The scales’ items measure: anxious mood, tension, fears, insomnia, intellectual impairment, depressed mood, somatic muscular and sensory complaints, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal symptoms, genitourinary symptoms, autonomic symptoms, and patient’s behavior at interview.  Continue reading

Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)

The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) is a multiple choice questionnaire that clinicians may use to rate the severity of a patient’s major depression. The questionnaire, which is designed for adult patients and is in the public domain, rates the severity of symptoms observed in depression such as low mood, insomnia, agitation, anxiety and weight loss. It is presently one of the most commonly used scales for rating depression in medical research. Continue reading

Stages of Recovery Instrument (STORI)

The Stages of Recovery Instrument  (STORI) was developed by the University of Wollongong, Australia, as a method to measure recovery from serious mental illness.

In order to realize the vision of recovery-orientated mental health services, there is a need for a model and a method of measuring recovery as the concept is described by mental health consumers. A preliminary five-stage model based on consumer accounts was developed in an earlier study by the authors. This next stage of the research program describes the development and initial testing of a stage measure which, when validated, can be used in testing that model. Continue reading