Article
Social Work Assessment of Adaptive Functioning Using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales: Issues of Reliability and Validity
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (1999)
  • Peter Cabrera , University of Georgia
  • Lucienne Grimes-Gaa , University of Georgia
  • Bruce A. Thyer , University of Georgia
Abstract
The assessment of client adaptive functioning is often an important component of a comprehensive social work evaluation. The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS) are the most commonly used quantitative measures of adaptive functioning for clients meeting the criteria for a wide range of disorders. We review the development of the VABS and current knowledge pertaining to the instrument's reliability and validity. We conclude that the ability to administer and interpret the VABS is an important skill for clinical social workers to acquire.
Keywords
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales,
  • adaptive functioning,
  • reliability,
  • validity,
  • clinical social work,
  • treatment,
  • social work assessment
Publication Date
1999
Citation Information
Cabrera, P., Grimes-Gaa, L., & Thyer, B. A. (1999). Social work assessment of adaptive functioning using the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales: Issues of Reliability and Validity. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 2(4): 33-50. doi: 10.1300/J137v02n04_03 Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elian_cabrera/3