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Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, Second Edition

Edited by A. John Rush Jr., M.D., Michael B. First, M.D., and Deborah Blacker, M.D., Sc.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-218-4
  • Item #62218


The Handbook of Psychiatric Measures offers a concise summary of key evaluations that you can easily incorporate into your daily practice. The measures will enhance the quality of patient care assisting you, both in diagnosis and assessment of outcomes. Comprising a wide range of methods available for assessing persons with mental health problems, the Handbook contains more than 275 rating methods, from the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale to the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale.

In this fully revised edition, more than 40 measures have been added both to the book and to the accompanying CD-ROM. The Handbook features:

  • Thoroughly examined and revised measures that provide the most relevant and timely information for clinicians.
  • New measures that empirically provide better patient evaluation
  • Updated costs, translations, and contact information for each measure

This handy compendium includes both diagnostic tools and measures of symptoms, function and quality of life, medication side effects, and other clinically relevant parameters. It focuses on measures that can be most readily used in either clinical practice or research. Most of the measures are designed to improve the reliability and validity of patient assessment over what might be accomplished in a standard clinical interview. The measures also demonstrate that the use of formal measures can improve the collection, synthesis, and reporting of information as compared with the use of unstructured examinations.

Seventeen disorder-specific chapters, organized in DSM-IV-TR order, include measures for:

  • Disorders of childhood and adolescence
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Aggression and much more.

The discussion of each measure includes goals, description, practical issues, psychometric properties, and clinical utility, followed by references and suggested readings. This revised edition includes updated measure descriptions, new measure variants and research, and newly selected measures particularly appropriate to the domain of discussion. As a clinical tool, this book

  • Describes how, when, and to what purpose measures are used
  • Points out practical issues to consider in choosing a measure for clinical use
  • Addresses limitations in the use of measures including ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors that influence their interpretation

Use of this special resource is further enhanced by a CD-ROM containing the full text of more than 150 of these measures—an invaluable aid for reference and clinical decision-making.


  • Section I: Introduction to the Handbook.

    Organization and use of the handbook. Psychometric properties: concepts of reliability and validity. Considerations in choosing, using, and interpreting a measure for a particular clinical context. Cultural factors influencing the selection, use, and interpretation of psychiatric measures.

    Section II: General Measures (Nondisorder Specific).

    Diagnostic measures for adults. General psychiatric symptoms measures. Mental health status, functioning, and disabilities measures. General health status, functioning, and disabilities measures. Quality of life measures. Adverse effects measures. Patient perceptions of care measures. Stress and life events measures. Family and relational issues measures. Suicide risk measures.

    Section III: Measures Related To DSM-IV Diagnostic Categories.

    Child and adolescent measures for diagnosis and screening. Symptom-specific measures for disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Child and adolescent measures of functional status. Measures for delirium and the behavioral symptoms of cognitive disorders. Neuropsychiatric measures for cognitive disorders. Substance use disorder measures. Psychotic disorders measures. Mood disorders measures. Anxiety disorders measures. Somatoform and factitious disorders and malingering measures. Dissociative disorders measures. Measures of sexual dysfunction and disorders. Eating disorders measures. Sleep disorders measures. Impulse-control disorders measures. Personality disorders, personality traits, and defense mechanisms measures. Violence and aggression measures. Appendix A: DSM-IV-TR classification. Appendix B: list of measures included on the CD-ROM. Appendix C: index of measures. Appendix D: index of abbreviations for measures. General index.


    Steven M. Albert, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
    Ruth Benca, M.D., Ph.D.
    Donna S. Bender, Ph.D.
    Heather A. Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Deborah Blacker, M.D., Sc.D.
    Laurie Miller Brotman, Ph.D.
    Charlotte Brown, Ph.D.
    Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D.
    Ian Canino, M.D.
    Nicole E. Caporino
    Etzel Cardena, Ph.D.
    K.N. Roy Chengappa, M.D.
    Duncan B. Clark, M.D., Ph.D.
    Emil F. Coccaro, M.D.
    Itai Danovitch, M.D.
    Howard M. Delman, Ph.D.
    Leonard R. Derogatis, Ph.D.
    Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D.
    Jean Endicott, Ph.D.
    Brian A. Fallon, M.D.
    Michael B. First, M.D.
    Jill Harkavy Friedman, Ph.D.
    Lucas Giner, M.D.
    Marci Gluck, Ph.D.
    Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks, M.D., M.R.C.Psych.
    Eric Hollander, M.D.
    Kristen E. Holm, Ph.D.
    Carroll W. Hughes, Ph.D.
    Dimitra Kamboukos, Ph.D.
    Craig A. Kimmelblatt, M.A.
    Steven King, M.D.
    Kenneth A. Kobak, Ph.D.
    Krista Kutash, Ph.D.
    Andrew C. Leon, Ph.D.
    Kenneth L. Lichstein, Ph.D.
    Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.
    Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S.
    Nancy Lynn, M.S.P.H.
    Steve Martino, Ph.D.
    Peter Marzuk, M.D.
    Joanne McCormack, M.S.W.
    Wilson McDermut, Ph.D.
    Ashley G. Melson, B.A.
    Maria A. Oquendo, M.D.
    Thomas L. Patterson, Ph.D.
    Diana O. Perkins, M.D., M.P.H.
    Katharine A. Phillips, M.D.
    Kathleen M. Pike, Ph.D.
    James Poling, Ph.D.
    Judith G. Rabkin, Ph.D.
    David Reiss, M.D.
    Christina Roberto, B.A.
    Delbert G. Robinson, M.D.
    Bruce J. Rounsaville, M.D.
    Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Sc.D.
    A. John Rush Jr., M.D.
    David P. Salmon, Ph.D.
    Jacqueline A. Samson, Ph.D.
    Nina R. Schooler, Ph.D.
    William S. Shaw, Ph.D.
    M. Katherine Shear, M.D.
    Andrew E. Skodol, M.D.
    Martin Steinberg, M.D.
    T. Scott Stroup, M.D., M.P.H.
    Alina Suris, Ph.D.
    Kenneth J. Tardiff, M.D., M.P.H.
    Gregory B. Teague, Ph.D.
    Rachelle Theise, B.A.
    Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
    B. Timothy Walsh, M.D.
    Frederick S. Wamboldt, M.D.
    Ellen M. Weissman, M.D., M.P.H.
    Thomas A. Widiger, Ph.D.
    Janet B.W. Williams, D.S.W.
    Sara L. Wolk, Ph.D.
    Kimberly A. Yonkers, M.D.
    Deborah A. Zarin, M.D.
    Mark Zimmerman, M.D.

About the Authors

A. John Rush Jr., M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in Dallas, Texas.

Michael B. First, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Research Psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.

Deborah Blacker, M.D., Sc.D., is Assistant Vice Chair for Research and Director, Gerontology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

The test selection and description are improved compared to the first edition and the CD files are much better for review and printing. We will use as a reference on the inpatient services and in outpatient clinics since we are emphasizing objective rating scales across training venues.—Stephen I. Kramer, M.D., Associate Professor, Director of Adult Psychiatry Inpatient Services, Director of Neuropsychiatry and Forensic Service, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital University Medical Center

It is an impressive reference work.—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 10/1/2008

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