Reiss Screen for Maladaptive Behavior

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Reiss Screen for Maladaptive Behavior

  • Quick and accurate analysis of dual diagnosis

  • Uses caretaker ratings of behavior and symptoms
  • Cited in two national awards

This test screens for mental health problems (dual diagnosis) in persons with mental retardation using information supplied by caretakers, teachers, work, supervisors, or parents. Raters indicate the extent to which each of 36 carefully defined symptoms of psychiatric disorder are no problem, a problem, or a major problem. Screens for psychiatric disorder in three different ways ( severity of challenging behavior, diagnosis, and rare but significant symptoms such as suicidal behavior). A positive result indicates that the person should be referred for professional evaluation. The total score, a measure of severity of disorder, is well suited to assess progress over tme.  The national norms are broken down for mild versus severe intellectual disabilities, so that the same test form can be used with both groups. Peer reviewed publications plus NIH-NIMH reports. Popular because it is quick and accurate.



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