As one of the Social Climate Scales, the Ward Atmosphere Scale (WAS) has been widely used in clinical settings and program evaluation. It helps by comparing client and staff perceptions, by monitoring program changes over time, and by promoting program improvement. It also provides accurate information about perceptions of different programs and encourages staff to become involved in program planning and design. It measures: involvement, support, spontaneity, autonomy, practical orientation, personal problems orientation, anger and aggression, order and organization, program clarity, and staff control.
The WAS is available in four forms (R, I, E, or S). Form R measures an individual's perception of the ward atmosphere; Form I (Ideal) measures the ideal ward atmosphere the client or staff desires; Form E (Expected) assesses an individual's ward atmosphere expectations. Form S (Short) is a shortened version (40 items) of Form R. All four forms (R, I, E, S) are included. Administration of a single form (R, I, E or S) is counted as an administration, while administration of all three forms (R/S, I, and E) one time is counted as three administrations.
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