Social and Educational Assessment

Assessing the level of psychosocial function prior to the onset of illness is essential in order to determine the duration of the prodrome, the presence of any premorbid limitations in functioning, the degree of current impairment, and the level of functional recovery that should be expected. The assessment should be based on sources such as educational reports, work references and collateral information from relatives.

Assessing the home environment, the family dynamics and the adaptive response of the family to the illness can help define the stressors faced by the patient and family. This is best done through home visits ''in vivo''. It can also identify any cultural factors which should be considered when developing psychosocial interventions for the patient.

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