Measuring impairment in a legal context: Practical considerations in the evaluation of psychiatric and learning disabilities

Benjamin J. Lovett, Michael Gordon, Lawrence J. Lewandowski

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The measurement of functional impairment has become far more than an academic enterprise given the current demand for clinical evaluations of disability status. Individuals seeking access to legal accommodations in school or at work are pursuing assessments that establish their qualification as having a disability. To satisfy those requests, clinicians have to understand how the law defines disability and the level of documentation required to establish that an individual has a disability. These legal definitions of disability push clinicians to shift focus from the familiar terrain of symptom counts and psychological test scores to the less-well-tread path of assessing impairment in actual functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssessing Impairment
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Theory to Practice
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780387875415
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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