The New York Times – February 25th, 2020

Mental-Health Researchers Ask: What Is ‘Recovery’?

There are many ways to measure mental distress. But it’s far harder to predict, or even describe, the improvement that often follows.

A thoughtful piece in NY Times last week speaks to the challenges in capturing – measuring — someone’s recovery.  There are two primary features of a good measure — reliability (you can capture the same findings consistently (time/rater/items) and validity (you are measuring what you think you are measuring)  A nicely crafted *standardized* measure often succeeds with the reliability feature.  However, it may miss the boat entirely or partly on the validity aspect of a good measure. The NYT author touches on that challenge when it comes to capturing recovery.  It is so personal that standardized assessments may struggle with validity — “you wouldn’t pick it up unless you knew how to ask” — in this case, with regard to people’s relationships with auditory hallucinations.

~Lorna

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