Rating Scale of Impairment

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. , Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D.


A behavior rating scale that measures functional impairment across six life areas in children and youth


Authored by Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. and Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., the Rating Scale of Impairment™ (RSI™) is a multi-informant behavior rating scale designed to assess impairment in children and youth ages 5 to 18. When used in combination with symptom measures, the RSI adds impairment information that can help complete the diagnostic picture. It also helps to highlight where functional impairment is most prominent so that interventions can be more effectively targeted. When used in group settings, the RSI can help identify those who require additional assessment or measure the effectiveness of intervention programs.

Key Features:

  • Determine if DSM-5/ICD-10 impairment criteria for a diagnosis are met by identifying specific areas where functioning is impacted
  • Develop targeted treatment plans and monitor progress by focusing on areas with the greatest impairment
  • Determine if service eligibility requirements are met with IDEA compatibility
  • Assess impairment more clearly by separating functional limitations from symptoms
  • Align with the World Health Organization's (WHO) functional impairment framework with scales that represent domains identified in the WHO's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF)