Development of the idiographic functional status assessment: A measure of the personal goals and goal attainment activities of people with aids

Bruce D. Rapkin, Kimberly Dumont, Arlene Correa, Sara Palmer, Scott Cohen

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This study presents the development of the Idiographic Functional Status Assessment (IFSA), an interview to assess functional status according to each person's unique point of view. This idiographic method asks people to state their personal goals in terms of things they want to accomplish, problems they want to solve, situations they hope to avoid, roles and relationships they want to maintain, and pursuits they want to relinquish. After describing their goals, respondents rate goal attainment activities they have pursued in the past month in terms of level of difficulty, dependence and other performance dimensions. In a study of 224 people with AIDS, the idiographic measure provided functional status scales that were relatively stable over time, and that correlated well with other subjective well-being measures and heath status criteria. Goal content measures derived from the interview can be used to distinguish subsamples that differ in terms of the determinants of quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-129
Number of pages19
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes



  • AIDS
  • functional status
  • Idiographic
  • personal goals
  • quality of life
  • subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Applied Psychology

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