If Yes, Specify Cutoffs:
Score 2+ on a symptom indicates child meets criteria for
symptom. DSM-IV PTSD diagnosed by totaling symptoms in
each category (B,C,D) and determining if required number of
symptoms in each category are met for PTSD diagnosis.
References for Content Validity:
A working group of clinicians and graduate students assessed an initial pool of 130 items
that were designed to assess the 17 criteria for PTSD. Following their review a pool of 101
items remained. Fourteen clinicians (seven licensed psychologists and seven advanced
graduate students) who specialized in working with traumatized children were asked to rate
how well each item fit the symptom criteria it was matched to on a 1-4 scale (4=excellent,
3=good fit, 2=average fit, 1=poor fit). Items with an average score of 2.7 or higher were the
only ones retained.
The instrument with 81 items was then administered to 70 maltreated children. Afterward, 51
questions were dropped from the measure due to children's inability to understand and
reliably answer each question. The remaining 30 items were sent out to several
internationally recognized experts on trauma for commentary. Wording revisions were made
to these 30 items based on this feedback, resulting in the final 30 items. Consistent with
DSM-IV criteria for PTSD.
References for Construct Validity:
TSCC (r=.66), Child Dissociate Checklist and the Children's Perceptual
Alteration Scale (r=.38).
Also measure does show evidence of factorial validity. It has two main factors:
Reexperiencing (alpha=.74) and Fear and Hyperarousal (alpha=70).
Overall Psychometric Limitations:
Psychometrics were collected using a sample of children aged 4-17. It is unclear how many
young children (aged 4-8) were sampled. Since the measure was developed specifically for
the young age range, more data and psychometric information is need with this age group.