Interrater reliability of the Social Profile: Assessment of community and psychiatric group participation

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Abstract

Background/Aim

The Social Profile was developed based on the theoretical concepts of activity group participation skills: Parallel, Associative, Basic and Supportive Cooperative and Mature activity levels. The aim of this study is to assess the interrater reliability of observations in groups of children and adults using the Social Profile.

Methods

Two community and two hospital populations were used to determine the interrater reliability of the Social Profile as observed by clinicians and graduate students. These groups included preschool children, older adults, general, geriatric and substance abuse psychiatric patients. Observers consisted of clinicians and graduate student pairs.

Results

Moderately high intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) scores of interrater reliability were found in separate and combined scores from the Social Profile measurements.

Conclusion

These ICC reliability rates indicate that the Social Profile interrater scores are adequately high for acceptable measurement of social and activity participation levels in clinical, community and school groups.

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