IMH is seeking participants for a research project undertaken by its Psychology Department.

This research aims to adapt a US psychological assessment tool – the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition (ABAS3) – for the Singapore context. It involves interviewing local participants to help us validate and develop a set of norms for the adaptation. This adapted tool may help us better diagnose and identify functional limitations, and facilitate support plans and interventions for our local population.

The study involves interviews where participants are asked to rate their daily functioning skills or someone they know, such as how well they can handle the usual demands in daily life, how independent they are, communication and personal self-care skills. 

Title of Research Study
Validating and Developing Norms for an Adaptive Behaviour Assessment for English-Speaking Adults in an Asian Context: Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition, for English speakers in Singapore (ABAS3-SGE)

Eligibility criteria

  • Singaporean or PR
  • Aged 16 to 89 years old
  • Able to read and speak English 

Online via videoconferencing (e.g. Zoom) or face-to-face. 

What is needed?
There will be an interview session, during which you will be asked to complete a multiple choice questionnaire in the presence of a researcher. It takes 30 to 45 minutes per questionnaire.

If you are aged 60 to 89 years old, you may choose to complete an additional questionnaire, the Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale, that will last an additional 10 to 15 minutes. This questionnaire is used to detect early functional decline in older adults.

How to participate?
If interested, please fill in your details below. A study team member will call you and assess if you are eligible for the study. If you are eligible, an interview session will be scheduled for you.

Click here or scan QR code to register your interest.

Should you not meet our study criteria, the study team member will update you, and information collected from you will be removed immediately from the database and not be used for any other purposes.

Compensation will be given upon completion of the study.

Closing date
Recruitment of participants for this study will end on 31 August 2023.

​For more information, please contact:
Dr Patricia Yap
Principal Investigator
Department of Psychology, Institute of Mental Health
Contact no: 6389 2000​

Peter Chew
Senior Lecturer
Psychology Department, James Cook University Singapore
Contact no: 6709 3747