Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS)

Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS)
Giffort‚ Schmook‚ Woody‚ Vollendorf‚ & Gervain‚ 1995
1.    I have a desire to succeed.
2.    I have my own plan for how to stay or become well.
3.    I have goals in life that I want to reach.
4.    I believe I can meet my current personal goals.
5.    I have a purpose in life.
6.    Even when I don’t care about myself‚ other people do.
7.    I understand how to control the symptoms of my mental illness.
8.    I can handle it if I get sick again.
9.    I can identify what triggers the symptoms of my mental illness.
10.I can help myself become better.
11.Fear doesn’t stop me from living the way I want to.
12.I know that there are mental health services that do help me.
13.There are things that I can do that help me deal with unwanted symptoms.
14.I can handle what happens in my life.
15.I like myself.
16.If people really knew me‚ they would like me.
17.I am a better person than before my experience with mental illness.
18.Although my symptoms may get worse‚ I know I can handle it.
19.If I keep trying‚ I will continue to get better.
20.I have an idea of who I want to become.
21.Things happen for a reason.
22.Something good will eventually happen.
23.I am the person most responsible for my own improvement.
24.I’m hopeful about the future.
25.I continue to have new interests.
26.It is important to have fun.
27.Coping with my mental illness is no longer the main focus of my life.
28.My symptoms interfere less and less with my life.
29.My symptoms seem to be a problem for shorter periods of time each time they occur.
30.I know when to ask for help.
31.I am willing to ask for help.
32.I ask for help‚ when I need it.
33.Being able to work is important to me.
34.I know what helps me get better
35.I can learn from my mistakes.
36.I can handle stress.
37.I have people I can count on.
38.I can identify the early warning signs of becoming sick.
39.Even when I don’t believe in myself‚ other people do.
40.It is important to have a variety of friends.
41.It is important to have healthy habits.
Personal Confidence and Hope‚ Willingness to Ask for Help‚ Goal and Success Orientation‚ Reliance on Others‚ No Domination by Symptoms
1= Strongly Disagree‚ 2= Disagree‚ 3= Not Sure‚ 4= Agree‚ 5= Strongly Agree
This instrument can be found at:

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