Survey: Psychosis Symptom Rating Scale

As a first step in planning for the contents of the Psychosis Symptom Rating Scale, a clinicians' survey has been developed. It was first distributed electronically on November 22, 2005. The requested due date for responses (electronic, faxed, or mailed) was December 31, 2005. Please review the instructions below. More instructions are on the first page of the survey. Thank you for your interest in this survey and in the Psychosis Symptom Rating Scale Project.

The survey above is designed for clinicians who have experience serving deaf people with mental illness. Pilot trials indicate it takes 10 minutes or less to complete.  Responses are anonymous—no identifying information is sought.  The survey will yield important data regarding experienced clinicians' views of the nature, frequency, and significance of various psychiatric symptoms in deaf people. The intention is to publish the results of the survey in addition to using the data to construct the first draft of the Psychosis Symptom Rating Scale.

Please share this survey, in electronic or printed form, with any clinicians you know who have experience working with deaf people with mental illness.  Any type of clinician, regardless of academic degree or type of clinical service experience, is welcome to complete it.  I'm hoping to receive a large number of responses, reflecting input from the world's most experienced clinicians in the deaf mental health field. (Please accept my apologies if you receive copies of the survey from more than one source.)

Please return completed surveys to me by December 31, 2005 (earlier if possible).  Again, it takes just 10 minutes or less to fill out.  You may return surveys electronically to Robert Pollard. (Be sure you save the document with your answers first, and then attach it to your message.)  You may also fax completed surveys to my attention at 585-273-1117, or you can mail them to me at the address shown below.

Individuals outside the US and Canada:  there is one question that makes specific reference to American Sign Language.  Please respond to that question, and all others that pertain to sign language, by substituting the predominant sign language in your region (e.g., British Sign Language, Australian Sign Language, etc.).

Anyone with interest in joining the Psychosis-Deaf list serve that I manage is welcome to do so by sending a message to

Thanks in advance for your help with this study!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback. 

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