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Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale

Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale

 (ASRM; Altman, Hedeker, Peterson, & Davis, 1997).

 The ASRM is a 5-item self-report measure assessing mania symptoms in adults.  The ASRM can be used as a screening tool (Altman et al., 1997), and to monitor symptom changes over time (Altman, Hedeker, Peterson, & Davis, 2001). A version of the ASRM for adolescents exists as an "emerging measure" from section III of the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Sample statements include, “I feel happier or more cheerful than usual all the time” and “I am constantly active or on the go all the time.” Respondents choose a statement from a group of items that are rated on a 5-point scale from zero to four that best fit how they have been feeling in the past week. Total scores range from 0 to 16. The ASRM demonstrates adequate internal consistency (α = 0.79), and adequate test-retest reliability over a period of 2.3 days (r = 0.86; Altman et al., 1997). In addition, the ASRM demonstrates concurrent validity with the Clinician-Administered Rating Scale for Mania (CARS-M; Altman, Hedeker, Janicak, Peterson, & Davis, 1994) and the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS; Young, Biggs, Ziegler, & Meyer, 1978). Scores totalling 6 or more indicate the presence of mania with 85.5% sensitivity and 87.3% specificity (Altman et al., 1997). The measure is available online (ASRM; http://www.cqaimh.org/pdf/tool_asrm.pdf); (ASRM-adolescent; http://www.psychiatry.org/practice/dsm/dsm5/online-assessment-measures).

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