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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 161-164

SCARF Social Functioning Index


1 Assistant Director, Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), C-46,13th Street, Anna Nagar (East), Madras 600102, India
2 Joint Director, Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), C-46,13th Street, Anna Nagar (East), Madras 600102, India
3 Research Officer, Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), C-46,13th Street, Anna Nagar (East), Madras 600102, India

Correspondence Address:
R Padmavathi
Assistant Director, Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), C-46,13th Street, Anna Nagar (East), Madras 600102
India
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Several instruments measuring social functioning have been developed in the last four decades, as a result of the increasing interest in community care of the chronic mentally ill. SCARF Social Functioning Index (SSFI) was developed to meet the pressing need for an instrument which was easy to administer and which could be used by all mental health professionals. The SSFI comprises four main sections: self concern, occupational role, role in the family and other social roles. Each section has several subsections covering different areas of social functioning. Validity and reliability have been established for a group of normals, patients suffering from schizophrenia and from Hansen's disease. Internal consistencies of these factors were high Factor analysis derived four main factors, which included nearly all items of the SSFI. This paper reports on the development and standardization of the instrument.



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