PTSD in Preschool Aged Children
Levendosky, A.A., Huth-Bocks, A.C., Semel, M.A., & Shapiro, D.L. (2002). Trauma symptoms in preschool-age children exposed to violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17, 150-164.
The PTSD-PAC is an 18-item caregiver report measure of PTSD symptoms in young children aged 2-5. It measures symptoms from the DSM-IV criteria B, C, and D. It also includes items from the DC: 0-3 criteria for PTSD in infants and very young children. It should be used for PTSD screening purposes only.
It is a Yes/No format. Yes indicates the presence of symptoms, and No indicates their absence.
|Validity Type||Not known||Not found||Nonclincal Samples||Clinical Samples||Diverse Samples|
|Sensitive to Change|
|Sensitive to Theoretically Distinct Groups|
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Pros & Cons/References
Quick to administer and score with items related to DSM-IV criteria for PTSD.
Parent report form only with no direct assessment of the child. 2. The measure has been used with only one small sample of children and has limited psychometrics.