The Inner Interaction Scale of Social Functioning or IISSF scale is a multidimensional self-report measure that helps you to better assess and understand the severity or magnitude of social functioning problems across three different areas of social functioning, namely achievement, satisfaction, expectation and three areas of social dysfunctioning, namely frustration, stress and helplessness. The IISSF is not a personality inventory. It is a very practical assessment tool that is used to help you with initial problem assessment, service or treatment planning, progress monitoring, and program evaluation.
Here are a fewhighlights that make the IISSF one of the most exciting and useful innovations in clinical assessment that you can obtain from any source. It can be used with trust because of its excellent psychometric characteristics in terms of validity and reliability.
The IISSF is a scale of polarity that measures both social functioning and social disfunctioning that leads to a balanced picture of the client.
The use of criterion-referenced scaling makes the IISSF a cultural free scale to use.
Social functioning is central in the formulation of one of the primary goals of the social work profession, namely the enhancement of social functioning. Unfortunately very few measurement tools are available that can measure social functioning in order to help practitioners in the assessment and planning phase of their therapy. The IISSF is a response to the lack of measurement tools that can be used to measure social functioning. The IISSF enables practitioners to conveniently obtain precise information about a client's social functioning. This will enable practitioners to get a clear indication of the specific problems in social functioning that is experienced by their clients and to plan an accurate intervention plan that will address these problems.
The principal use of the IISSF is to obtain an accurate assessment of client problems during the intake of beginning phases of treatment or service delivery. Accurate and reliable assessments help you to make greatly improved diagnostic judgments and to devise improved treatment plans.
The IISSF is not a measure of psychopathology and it should not be used as such. The IISSF measure problems in social functioning and it makes no assumptions about the source or cause of the problems with which your clients seek help. Instead, it helps you to obtain a balanced picture of the social functioning of a client, so that you can more quickly and confidently establishservice and treatment priorities - the heart of case planning. Because the IISSF measures social functioning rather than client psychopathology it is especially well suited to help you with the tasks of treatment planning and progress monitoring.
Although the major use of the IISSF is for early assessment of client problems, it also can be used for periodic re-evaluation by having client complete it during interim phases of treatment. When used in this manner it will provide a description of progress, stability, or deterioration that has occurred during the period between administrations.
Whether the IISSF is used for interim assessment or not, it is especially well suited for use immediately before termination of service delivery or treatment as a means of reflecting progress over the entire period of work performed with a client. With an initial and final IISSF assessment you can see at a glance exactly where and how much change has occurred with respect to your clients problems in personal and social functioning.
The subscale scores on the IISSF are easy to compute and understand. However, they are more readily comprehended and used by presenting them in the form of a graphic profile. The ability to see those problems quickly in relation to other areas of functioning will prove to be an important aid to treatment planning, case management, ongoing assessment, and progress monitoring.
Although the IISSF is very easy to administer, score, and interpret, some may wish to have computer scoring capability to insure accuracy and to save time. The WALMYR Assessment Scale Scoring Program ( WASSP) provides a quick and easy means of scoring any of the multidimensional assessment scales.