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CHD 5063 Individual & Group Assessment Shellie Cheirs Independent Living Scales Developed by Patricia Loeb in 1996

996 Considered a behavioral assessment was designed to evaluate peoples competence in independent living as it relates to their performance around activities of daily living. It is a 68 item, self-administered test, which takes about 45 minutes to complete and 10 minutes to score. The ILS is composed of five scales: Memory/Orientation, Managing Money, Managing Home and Transportation, Health and Safety, and Social Adjustment. Over the last fifteen years the test has been modified by experts for specific populations including but not limited to: patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Emotional Disturbances, and Schizophrenia.

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Time to administer 45 minutes Scoring: 10 minutes Review of standardization sample The standardized sample or norm group consisted of 590 adults, ages 65 and over. The sample group was broken down into five smaller groups using 5-year intervals starting at age 65. The sample was then separated into three different living arrangement including: Independent (n = 400), Semi-independent (n = 100), and Dependent (n = 90). The independent living group was housed in private homes and was capable of total self-care skills. The Semi-independent individuals lived in a retirement communities and received minimal assistance with their activities of daily living. Full time supervision and living skills were provided to the dependent group; each group had male and female representation (Mental Measurements Yearbook 14). Review of reliability and validity Full Scale internal consistency was .88, which suggest that the ILS is a reliable test.

Limitations of test (Groups for which the assessment may not be appropriate) The ILS has some limitations including not being able to be administered to elderly people with mental illness, nor were their concessions for persons with physical disabilities, and/or those with one or more sensory disabilities.

References Cohen, L. G., & Cummings, J. A. (2001) Test review of Libby G. Cohen and Jack A. Cummings. In B. S. Plake, J. C. Impara (Eds), The fourteenth mental measurement yearbook [electronic version]. Retrieved from ebsco host online database. Drummond, R., & Jones, K. (2010). Assessment Procedures for Counselors and Helping Professionals (7th edition). New Jersey: Pearson. Pearson Education. (2012). Assessment & Information Independent Living Scales. Retrieved from http://www.pearsonassessments.com/HAIWEB/Cultures/en-us/Productdetail.htm?Pid=015-8147073 Revheim, N., & Medalia, A. (2004). The Independent Living Scales as a Measure of Functional Outcome for Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Services, Volume 55, 1052-1054. Retrieved from http://ph.phychiatryonline.org