Authors: Michael Linden, Stefanie Baron and Beate Muschalla. UK Adapter: Andrew Molodynski
Duration: 10-15 minutes to administer
Age Range: Adults with mental disorders of all types.
Used For: Rating social and occupational functioning in line with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (World Health Organization).
The Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale is designed for adults with mental health disorders of all types, and of varying degrees of disability.
The WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) was developed to provide a standardised classification of functioning and disability. The framework provided by the ICF is detailed and complex, which means that it can be difficult to use in day-to-day clinical practice. The Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale was therefore created to allow the reliable and rapid measurement and recording of impairments of capacity. It is the first instrument of its kind.
Newly validated in the UK under the direction of Oxford-based consultant psychiatrist Andrew Molodynski, the Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale is designed for adults with mental health disorders of all types, and of varying degrees of disability.
The instrument does not rely on predetermined 'norms' or standard reference values as it is a personalised assessment with anchor points of an individual's strengths and weaknesses. There are however robust reliability and validity data from English studies as well as from the original German research and these are described in detail in the Mini-ICF-APP Social Functioning Scale manuals and in the peer-reviewed literature listed below.
The test kit contains a pack of 50 scoring forms, a short, practical manual with UK validation data and case studies, and a longer reference manual, providing the theoretical basis of the test, its development, and further validity and reliability data. A video-based training programme is also available online - links are provided with sales of the kit.