ASSESS FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT ACROSS 6 IMPORTANT LIFE AREAS.
What is Functional Impairment? Functional Impairment is a limitation resulting from a psychological, physical, or cognitive disorder that manifests as a reduced capability to meet the demands of life, such as physical mobility and selfcare needs, family and social interaction expectations, domestic commitments, and school or work obligations. Impairment is increasingly becoming an important component of diagnosis and treatment planning, and the need for a reliable and comprehensive measure is felt now more than ever. In fact, the majority of disorders in the DSM-5 include significant impairment as a diagnostic requirement. Since the goal of treatment is to reduce impairment, measuring its impact is an important step in the evaluation process.
Relationship Between the RSI and other Measures Measures of impairment are sometimes confused with measures of symptoms, adaptive behavior, and intelligence, however, as demonstrated below, significant differences exist, and each measure better suits a different purpose.
RSI and Symptoms
SYMPTOMS ARE PHYSICAL, COGNITIVE, OR BEHAVIORAL,
MANIFESTATIONS OF A DISORDER
IMPAIRMENTS ARE THE
IMPAIRMENT CAN EXIST
WITHOUT A FORMAL DIAGNOSIS.
OF PEOPLE HAVE SIGNIFICANT
IMPAIRMENT WITHOUT A FORMAL DIAGNOSIS
(Angold etal., 1999)
The correlations between the RSI Total Score and the Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales (Conners CBRS; Conners, 2008) suggest that impairment and symptoms are not strongly related. Such findings support the notion that symptoms and impairment are different constructs and need to be considered separately in making diagnoses (Barkley et al., 2006; Eriksen & Kress, 2005).
RSI and Adaptive Behavior
Adaptive behavior reflects the presence of skills learned to function in daily living. Impairment reflects a deficit in using those skills.
Holding a fork Not using a fork to eat The correlations between the RSI Total Score and the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Second Edition (ABASâ€“II; Harrison & Oakland, 2003) suggest that the two measures are related (given that they assess behavior within similar domains). However, the strength of the relationship is moderate enough to suggest that the two are capturing different constructs. This finding supports the evidence in the research demonstrating important differences between the two constructs. The essential difference between impairment and adaptive behavior is that the latter concept has been applied to those situations where limited intellectual ability is suspected. In contrast, the concept of impairment, applies to all levels of intellectual ability as well as variations in mental health and physical capability. Another difference between adaptive behavior and impairment lies in the distinction between skills and performance (Ditterline & Oakland, 2009). Whereas adaptive behavior reflects the presence of skills learned to function in daily living, impairment reflects a deficit in using those skills. Thus, measures of impairment focus on the outcome of a behavior rather than presence or absence of skills (Dumas et al.,2010; Gleason & Coster, 2012).
RSI and Intelligence
The correlations between the RSI Total Score and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISCIV; Wechsler, 2004) suggest that these measures are not related. These findings, which are in line with past research (Naglieri, Goldstein, & LeBuffe, 2010), indicate that children/youth who are diagnosed with psychological disorders can exhibit significant impairment in their overall functioning regardless of their level of intellectual ability.
The RSI and Other Measures of Impairment
The correlations between the RSI Total Score and the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale for Children and Adolescents (BFISâ€“CA; Barkley, 2012) provide evidence of convergent validity in that the RSI is related to other measures of impairment. However, as expected given differences in item content, the correlations are not so strong as to suggest redundancy between the two measures. The RSI also differs from the BFIS-CA in terms of additional item content, and the inclusion of a teacher form. All prices are subject to change without notice.
The Most Representative Impairment Rating Scale The RSI has a large normative sample with approximately 2,800 ratings collected, closely matching 2010 U.S. Census target numbers (800 ratings for each of the RSI [5–12 Years] Parent and Teacher Forms, and 600 ratings for each of the RSI [13–18 Years] Parent and Teacher Forms). Normative samples were evenly balanced in terms of age and gender and distributions of race/ethnicity were stratified by geographic region and parental education, so that the overall proportions of these demographic variables matched within 1% the 2010 U.S. Census targets. Additionally, to better reflect the U.S. general population, between 11.6 to 11.8% of the normative samples included ratings of children/youth who had a clinical diagnosis or were eligible to receive special educational services according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) criteria.
Reliable and Valid Internal Consistency Reliability
Chronbach’s alpha values for the Total Score and 6 RSI scales were strong:
• Excellent test-retest reliability was found. • Interval between test administrations: 2 to 4 weeks
Parent Total Score (5–12): α =.94 (RSI Scales median = .85) Parent Total Score (13–18): α =.95 (RSI Scales median = .85) Teacher Total Score (5–12): α =.95 (RSI Scales median = .89) Teacher Total Score (13–18): α =.95 (RSI Scales median = .91)
Parent full scale (5–12): r =.96 (RSI Scales median =.93) Parent full scale (13–18): r =.96 (RSI Scales median = .92) Teacher full scale (5–12): r =.91 (RSI Scales median = .87) Teacher full scale (13–18): r =.89 (RSI Scales median = .90)
The RSI also demonstrated strong discriminative validity, the ability to distinguish between different groups. Analyses were conducted to compare RSI scores of children/youth from the general population with clinical cases categorized according to their number of diagnosed disorders. As expected, when the number of diagnosis increased, the level of impairment as assessed by the RSI increased as well.
Interpret, Compare, and Monitor
Scales and Forms
Interpretive Reports provide detailed results from one administration.
Comparative Reports provide
Progress Monitoring and Treatment Effectiveness Reports provide an
a multi-rater perspective by combining results from up to five different raters.
overview of change over time by combining results of up to four administrations from the same rater.
Rating Scale of Impairment (RSI)
RSI (5–12 Years)
RSI (13–18 Years)
Number of items: 41 Reading Level: 5.8 Admin Time: 10 mins.
Number of items: 29 Reading Level: 6.6 Admin Time: 5 mins.
Number of items: 49 Reading Level: 5.9 Admin Time: 10 mins.
Number of items: 29 Reading Level: 6.6 Admin Time: 5 mins .
RSI Scales: School Social Mobility Domestic Family
RSI Scales: School Social Mobility
RSI Scales: School/Work Social Mobility Domestic Family Self-Care
RSI Scales: School Social Mobility
About the RSI
Authored by Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., and Jack. A. Naglieri, Ph.D., the Rating Scale of Impairment™ (RSI™) is a multiYouTube.com/MHSclinical informant behavior rating scale that measures functional impairment across six life areas in children/youth. When used in combination with symptom-based measures, the RSI adds impairment information that can help complete the diagnostic picture. It also helps to highlight where functional impairment is most prominent so that interventions can be more effectively targeted. When used in group settings, the RSI can help identify those who require additional assessment, or measure the effectiveness of intervention programs.
Determine if DSM-5/ICD-10 impairment criteria for a diagnosis are met by identifying specific areas where functioning is impacted Develop targeted treatment plans and monitor progress by focusing on areas with the greatest impairment Determine if service eligibility requirements are met with IDEA compatibility Assess impairment more clearly by separating functional limitations from symptoms Align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) functional impairment framework with scales that represent domains identified in the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)
Measures the child’s/youth’s level of impairment when acquiring and applying knowledge at school and/or work; for example, being organized, completing work, remembering things, and learning at school and/or work.
Measures how impaired the child/youth is when interacting and communicating with others; for example, talking in a group, expressing needs, and enjoying being with others.
Measures the extent of the child’s/youth’s impairment when physically moving; for example, running and kneeling.
ADMINISTRATION TIME 5-10 minutes
Describes the child’s/youth’s level of impairment when completing household tasks; for example, cleaning his/her room and putting away clean clothes.
FORMATS Online Paper-and-pencil (QuikScore™)
Measures how impaired the child/youth is when interacting with his/her family; for example, communicating with family and taking part in family activities.
Measures the extent of child’s/youth’s impairment when caring for himself/herself; for example, feeding, dressing, and maintaining personal hygiene, including bathing and cleaning up when dirty.
AGE 5–18 years ADMINISTRATION TYPE Parent Form (5-12) & (13-18) Teacher Form (5-12) & (13-18)
TRANSLATIONS Spanish QUALIFICATION LEVEL B-level
Reflects the child’s/youth’s overall level of impairment.
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