WSAS [Work and Social Adjustment Scale]

The WSAS is a simple, reliable, and valid measure of impaired functioning. It is widely used for screening and monitoring purposes.

Created by Drs. James C. Mundt, Isaac M. Marks, M. Katherine Shear, and John H. Greist. The scale has been published by the authors and widely distributed, though Dr. Marks retains copyright.

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People's problems sometimes affect their ability to do certain day-to-day tasks in their lives. To rate your problems look at each section and determine on the scale provided how much your problem impairs your ability to carry out the activity.


1. Because of my problem, my ability to work is impaired (including paid work, unpaid volunteer work or training).

2. Because of my problem, my home management is impaired (e.g., cleaning, tidying, shopping, cooking, looking after home or children, paying bills).

3. Because of my problem, my social leisure activities are impaired (done with other people, e.g. parties, bars, clubs, outings, visits, dating, home entertaining).

4. Because of my problem, my private leisure activities are impaired (done alone, e.g. reading, gardening, collecting, sewing, walking alone).

5. Because of my problem, my ability to form and maintain close relationships with others, including those I live with, is impaired.


Self-report scales are for screening purposes only, and must be interpreted by a qualified health professional in conjunction with clinical assessment. They cannot be used alone for diagnostic or treatment purposes.