The assessment of communication and interaction skills (ACIS): Measurement properties

Kirsty Forsyth*, Jin Shei Lai, Gary Kielhofner

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The purpose of this study was to develop and validate the Assessment of Communication and Interaction Skills (ACIS). The ACIS is an observational rating scale designed to capture, in detail, a person's social interactional ability while he or she is participating in a meaningful social context. Fifty-two occupational therapists, trained to administer the ACIS, completed 244 ACIS assessments of 117 subjects with psychosocial disabilities. The subjects had a wide range of communication and interaction abilities. Many- faceted Rasch analysis was used to analyse the data. The results supported internal, construct and person response validity of the ACIS. Both intra- rater and inter-rater reliability were established. The scale was shown to discriminate between people with psychosocial dysfunction who had varying communication and interaction abilities. In addition, the results indicated a need to do minor revisions to the assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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