Correlations Between Ratings of Impairment and Behavioral and Emotional Risk

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the usefulness of the Rating Scale of Impairment.
  2. describe the relationship between the Rating Scale of Impairment and ratings of behavioral and emotional risk.
  3. analyze the significant of scale informant on assessment results.


Assessment of impairment is used in diagnosis and can help in identifying specific targets for intervention. The Rating Scale of Impairment (RSI), a recently published scale, seems to be useful for meeting these purposes. In this study, in order to establish validity evidence, we contribute to the nascent research on the RSI by examining the relationship between RSI scores and scores on established measures of behavioral and emotional risk and we discuss implications for practice.



Victor Villarreal, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Jeremy R. Sullivan, The University of Texas at San Antonio


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