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November 1981

The Assessment of Social Adjustment: An Update

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry (Dr Weissman, Ms Sholomskas, and Ms John) and Epidemiology (Dr Weissman), Yale University School of Medicine, and the Depression Research Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center (Dr Weissman), New Haven, Conn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(11):1250-1258. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780360066006

• Since a review of 15 social adjustment scales appeared six years ago in the Archives, a number of new scales have been developed and tested. Twelve new scales, three written self-administered and nine interviewer-administered scales, are considered to be useful in clinical and epidemiologic research in psychiatry. Future research in this area should include development of scales for use with children, adolescents, and the elderly; revision of scales to reflect changes in traditional roles, especially among women; clarification of the concepts underlying social functioning; and systematic explication and measurement of these concepts.