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The Capacity Evaluation Screen – Social Work (CES-SW): Development of a Brief Instrument
Journal of Social Service Reseasrch (2013)
  • Minnhong Lee
  • Nancy P. Kropf, Georgia State University
Abstract

This study aimed to develop and validate an assessment tool for social workers to screen whether an individual is able to provide consent for involvement in social work programs. The Capacity Evaluation Screen – Social Work (CES-SW) was developed to be a valid and reliable instrument for brief administration. Theoretically, the CES – SW includes the four domains of capacity to consent which are evidencing a choice, understanding, reasoning, and appreciation. Method: Data were obtained from 264 potential clients from six community welfare centers in a metropolitan city in South Korea. Reliability and validity were tested through a series of statistical analyses such as item analysis, Pearson’s correlation and confirmatory factor analysis. Results: The CES-SW demonstrates very good psychometric properties. Reliability analysis resulted in a Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of .83 with all of the item-total correlations greater than .50. Convergent validity was supported through significant correlations with cognitive abilities and a significant correlation with the Aid to Capacity Evaluation (ACE) scale. Construct validity indicated that the four items constituted a one model factor. Conclusions: The CES-SW is a valid and reliable instrument to screen potential clients for their capacity to consent to social work services

Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Minnhong Lee and Nancy P. Kropf. "The Capacity Evaluation Screen – Social Work (CES-SW): Development of a Brief Instrument" Journal of Social Service Reseasrch Vol. 39 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nancy_p_kropf/24/