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What is a Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) rating based on?

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A GAF rating can be based on many things, including:

It's broken into 10 sections. These are known as anchor points. The higher your score, the better you're able to handle daily activities.

  • An interview or questionnaire
  • Medical records
  • Information from the person's doctor, care givers, or close relatives
  • Police or court records about violent or illegal behavior

SOURCES: 

New York State Office of Mental Health: "Domains Of Assessment For Co-Occurring Disorders."

State University of New York at Albany, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Guidelines for rating Global Assessment of Functioning."

Current Psychiatry Reviews: "Collecting Information for Rating Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF): Sources of Information and Methods for Information Collection."

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Global Assessment of Functioning: properties and frontier of current knowledge."

American Psychiatric Association: . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online: "DSM-5 and the Assessment of Functioning: The World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 25, 2017

SOURCES: 

New York State Office of Mental Health: "Domains Of Assessment For Co-Occurring Disorders."

State University of New York at Albany, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Guidelines for rating Global Assessment of Functioning."

Current Psychiatry Reviews: "Collecting Information for Rating Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF): Sources of Information and Methods for Information Collection."

Annals of General Psychiatry: "Global Assessment of Functioning: properties and frontier of current knowledge."

American Psychiatric Association: . Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Online: "DSM-5 and the Assessment of Functioning: The World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 25, 2017

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