As the time (10/1/14) for use of the DSM-V has come, most of us are rallying to make sure we are using and understanding the changes. One of the really neat changes that has occurred is the inclusion of assessment measure & tools in the DSM-V. Per the APA website “These measures should be used to enhance clinical decision-making and not as the sole basis for making a clinical diagnosis”.
If you go to the APA website you will find several assessment tools. You may download and reproduce them at no cost.
#1 is a “cross cutting” assessment, that is basically a screen. Per the APA assessment tool “With the exception of inattention and psychosis, a rating of mild (i.e., 2) or greater on any item within a domain that is scored on the 5-point scale may serve as a guide for additional inquiry and follow-up to determine if a more detailed assessment for that domain is needed.” This includes adult, parent, and child self rated assessments.
#2 is domain specific. So, if the first cross-cutting tool shows a need for further assessment you would give the Level 2 cross-cutting symptom measure. This also includes adult, parent, and child self rated assessments.
#3 is a severity measure. This includes adult, parent, and child self-rated assessments as well as clinician rated severity assessments.
#4 is a disability assessment tool. This is an optional but not required tool.
#5 is a personality inventory (it is really long).
#6 is an early childhood and home background form
#7 is a cultural formulation interview to help determine culture considerations.