Development and Validation of Non-Verbal Social Skill Rating Scale for Mentally Ill
Keywords:Non-verbal social skill, Mentally ill, Reliability and Validity, Occupational Therapy
Aim: The aim of this study is to develop and validate the Non-verbal Social Skill Rating Scale for Mentally
• To generate the scale items through focus group discussion.
• To identify the appropriateness and relevance of items through subject matter expert rating.
• To establish the psychometric properties of developed scale.
• To develop norms for developed scale.
Methodology: Formulation of 48 statements was done with focus group discussion. The statements were sent
to 26 experts in the field of Occupational therapy, Psychiatrist Psychologist and Psychiatric Social Worker
for validating the items. Total of 48 items are validated by the experts. A total of 100 samples including
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Schizoaffective disorder and acute psychosis were
selected for the field trial or main study those who were residing in psychiatric homes at Tamil Nadu.
Samples were selected by using convenient sampling method. Socio demographic data sheet prepared by
investigators were used for collecting baseline information.
Conclusion: This research shows the assessment tool has good internal consistency and reliability. The
expert validation was done and got good relevance. Hence, Non-verbal Social Skill Rating Scale for
Mentally Ill indicated that the scale is a reliable and valid measure of Non-verbal social skills, which is used
to identify the level of Non-verbal Social Skill of Mentally Ill.
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