Types Of Assessments Used For A Person Who Is Diagnosed With The Mental Illness Schizophrenia

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Abstract

At the Pennsylvania State University, all undergraduate Rehabilitation and Human Services majors are provided with a thorough education and the necessary skills in order to pursue a career in the fields of counseling, therapy, and human services. For four years, students have the ability to enhance their knowledge on select topics such as the history of disabilities, types of disabilities, assessments used when diagnosing a disability, and ways to provide effective treatments. This paper will focus on three types of assessments used for a person who is diagnosed with the mental illness schizophrenia. The assessments that will be discussed are the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS), and the Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms (SANS). All of these assessments focus on the importance of addressing the positive and negative symptoms that a client can experience and the severity of each symptom that can occur when diagnosed with schizophrenia. In addition, it is important to note that despite the age of these assessments, research shows that test prove to be reliable and valid. With reliable and valid test scores, psychiatric rehabilitation professionals can provide their clients with specific treatment plans and the opportunity to achieve recovery.

What is Schizophrenia? In Rehabilitation and Human Services 401, students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the various…

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