The Parent Report of the Child's Reaction to Stress is a 79-item parent-report instrument that assesses PTSD diagnostic criteria and symptom severity in children. It includes a space to describe the stressful event(s), 50 items assessing PTSD symptoms, and 29 items assessing associated symptoms. Items are rated in reference to the child's reactions to the stressful event(s) on varying frequency scales (e.g., see sample items). A scoring system template is provided with the scale.
How much did your child think he or she might get hurt during the event(s)?
___Not at all ___A little ___Some ___Lots ___Completely ___DON'T KNOW
How often does your child say he or she does not want to think about what happened?
___Never ___Rarely ___Sometimes ___Often ___Very Often ___Always ___DON'T KNOW
Does your child seem to have lost interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy before the stressful event(s) occurred?
___No ___Yes ___DON'T KNOW
IF YES, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHICH ACTIVITIES HERE:
Fletcher, K. (1996). Psychometric review of the Parent Report of Child's Reaction to Stress. In B. H. Stamm (Ed.), Measurement of stress, trauma, and adaptation (pp. 225-227). Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.
Kenneth E. Fletcher, PhD
Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical Center
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655-0001
Phone: (508) 856-3329
Measures availability: Information on measures is available to everyone. However, the assessment tools themselves can only be distributed to qualified mental health professionals and researchers. We maintain measures developed by affiliated staff of the National Center for PTSD.