The instrument was designed to be administered by interview, either
in person or by telephone. It is possible to use the instrument
as a mailed or self-administered questionnaire, although some valuable
data potentially would be lost in the absence of interaction with
an interviewer providing consistent prompts.
It takes approximately 7-8 minutes to administer.
It can be administered to a proxy in the absence of the primary
It can be used with individuals having a range of physical or cognitive
There is no set time period for administering the CHART SF; however,
it is recommended that multiple measurements be taken over the course
of a person's lifetime to assess changes with adaptation to the
disability and to gain insight into changes in handicap which may
occur over time.
of the domains or subscales of the CHART SF have a maximum score
of 100 points, which is considered at the level of performance typical
of the average non-disabled person. Achieving the maximum score
indicates that roles within the domain are fulfilled at a level
equivalent to that of the norm: able-bodied person. Subscale scores
have routinely been added together to obtain a CHART SF total score,
reflecting overall handicap level. High subscale and total scores
(100 and 500, respectively) indicate less handicap, or higher social
and community participation.
asset of the CHART SF is that, like CHART, it produces an index
of handicap. There are a number of ways for a person with a disability
to demonstrate the absence of handicap, and the scoring procedures
of the CHART SF give credit to these various behaviors. However,
the instrument is designed to measure handicap, not to identify
the characteristics shared by 'super-achievers.' Therefore, although
it is possible to score more than 100 on most of the sub-scales,
a maximum of 100 points has been allowed, as a score of 100 would
indicate no handicap in that dimension.
Influencing CHART SF Scores
are a variety of pre-morbid or post-rehabilitation factors that
might explain CHART SF scores which deviate from the scores of other
persons with similar impairments and disabilities. It has been suggested
in the literature that certain pre-morbid behaviors, attitudes,
and prior life experiences have been found to be correlates of successful
rehabilitation outcomes. In addition to pre-existing individual
characteristics, post-rehabilitation constraints and limitations
may influence CHART SF scores. These factors include such things
as family interference, alcohol or drug use, and awareness of vocational
options. While CHART SF does not isolate any of these causes, it
measures the combined consequences to the individual from these
SF Scoring Guidelines and Instructions
following guidelines provide detailed instructions on how to compute
each CHART SF dimension score and the total CHART SF score. It is
very simple to calculate these scores manually; however, you may
choose to utilize your own computerized data analysis systems. Following
the description of the scoring procedures, a series of suggestions
and conventions are listed to assist in the interpretation and coding
of responses from the CHART SF.
guidelines and instructions are available as a document in Adobe's
Portable Document Format (PDF).
CHART SF scoring. (15k)
is PDF and How do I use PDF Files?)
Regarding Individual CHART Items
see the FAQ section.