A brief measure of vocational activity and community participation: Development and reliability of the Activity and Participation Questionnaire

Stewart, Gavin, Sara, Grant, Harris, Meredith, Waghorn, Geoffrey, Hall, Anna, Sivarajasingam, Siva, Gladman, Beverley and Mowry, Bryan (2010) A brief measure of vocational activity and community participation: Development and reliability of the Activity and Participation Questionnaire. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 44 3: 258-266. doi:10.3109/00048670903487175


Author Stewart, Gavin
Sara, Grant
Harris, Meredith
Waghorn, Geoffrey
Hall, Anna
Sivarajasingam, Siva
Gladman, Beverley
Mowry, Bryan
Title A brief measure of vocational activity and community participation: Development and reliability of the Activity and Participation Questionnaire
Journal name Australian And New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048670903487175
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 258
End page 266
Total pages 9
Editor Gin S. Malhi
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
1117 Public Health and Health Services
111714 Mental Health
Formatted abstract Objectives:  Social and economic marginalization are significant problems for many people living with mental illness. Clinicians and policy-makers have increased their focus on these aspects of recovery. Current outcome measures, however, do not support this focus, and detailed functional measures are not suitable for routine clinical use. This report describes the development and test–retest reliability of the Activity and Participation Questionnaire (APQ6); a self-report measure of vocational activity and social participation for routine use in community mental health services.

Method:  The APQ6 was developed from concepts of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Surveys and Census. Field testing and consumer consultation were undertaken in New South Wales (NSW) mental health rehabilitation services. Test–retest reliability trials were conducted simultaneously by research teams in NSW and Queensland.

Results:  Pairs of short-cycle test–retest reliability interviews were obtained from 129 mental health service consumers. Consumer feedback and test–retest reliability results at question and item levels indicate good construct validity. The measure has utility as both a telephone and a personal interview in community mental health settings.

Conclusions:  The reported psychometric properties support the proposed use of the APQ6 as a recovery-orientated measure focusing on vocational activity and community participation. The APQ6 is being introduced for routine use by NSW mental health services.
© 2010 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Keyword Employment
Psychosocial rehabilitation
Role functioning
Social inclusion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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