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Avaliação Psicológica

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AMORIM, Luciana et al. Conceptual perspectives and instruments for functional evaluation in patients with schizophrenia. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.4, pp. 478-488. ISSN 1677-0471.

Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia present varied deficits and may require constant care and company. Understanding the functional aspects of these patients becomes essential to understanding the disorder more fully. For this, the conceptual perspectives of functionality must be identified, and the instruments available to evaluate this phenomenon must be verified. An integrative review was conducted on scientific articles in Portuguese and English. Regarding the conceptual perspectives, the results pointed out cognitive aspects and negative symptoms as variables predicting functionality, and the constituent aspects of the construct functionality were synthesized in a model composed of two domains: objective and subjective. We found 43 instruments used to evaluate functionality in patients with schizophrenia. Of these, 36 instruments, although they were used in patients with schizophrenia, were not specific to this context. It is suggested that instruments be developed and adapted to the context of patients with schizophrenia taking into account the knowledge and conceptual perspectives already existing in the area.

Keywords : psychological assessment; schizophrenia; functionality; measuring instruments.

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