Psychology Scholar
Students
100 - 91
Superior functioning in a wide range of activities, life's problems
never seem to get out of hand, is sought out by others because of his
or her many positive qualities. No Symptoms.
90 - 81
Absent or minimal symptoms (eg: mild anxiety before an exam) good
functioning in all areas, interested and involved in a wide range of
activities, socially effective, generally satisfied with life, no more than
everyday problems or concerns
(eg: an occasional argument with family
members)
.
80 - 71
If symptoms are present, they are transient and expectable reactions
to psychosocial stressors
(e.g., difficulty concentrating after family
argument)
; no more than slight impairment in social, occupational, or
school functioning
(e.g., temporarily falling behind in schoolwork).
70 - 61
Some mild symptoms (eg: depressed mood and mild insomnia) OR some
difficulty in social, occupational, or school functioning
(eg: occasional
truancy, or theft within the household)
, but generally functioning pretty
well, has some meaningful interpersonal relationships.
60 - 51
Moderate symptoms (eg: flat affect and circumstantial speech, occasional
panic attacks)
OR moderate difficulty in social, occupational, or school
functioning
(eg: few friends, conflicts with peers or co-workers).
50 - 41
Serious symptoms (eg: suicidal ideation, severe obsessional rituals,
frequent shoplifting) OR any serious impairment in social ,
occupational, or school functioning (eg: no friends, unable to keep a
job).
40 - 31
Some impairment in reality testing or communicaiton (e.g., speech is at
times illogical obscure , or irrelevant)
OR major impairment in several
areas, such as work or school, family relaitons, judgement, thinking ,
or mood
(e.g., depressed man avoids friends, neglects family, and is unable
to work; child frequently beats up younger children, is defiant at home, and is
failing at school)
.
30 - 21
Behavior is considrably influenced by delusions or hallucinations OR
serious impairment in communication or judgement
(e.g.,  sometimes
incoherent, acts grossly inappropriately, suicidal preoccupation)
OR
inability to function in almost  all areas
(e.g., stays in bed all day; no job,
home or fiends)
.
20 - 11
Some danger of huring self or others (e.g., suicide attempts without
clear expectation of death; frequently violent; manic excitement) OR
occasionally fails to maintain minimal personal hygiene (e.g., smears
feces) OR gross impairment in communicaiton (e.g., largely
incoherent or mute).
10 - 1
Persistent danger of severely huring self or others (e.g.,  recurrent
violence) OR persistent inability to maintain minimal personal
hygiene OR serious suicidal act with clear expectation of death.
0
Inadequate informaiton
GAF SCALE
Global Assessment of Functioning Scale