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Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children (TESI-C)



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Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children (TESI-C)


The TESI-C assesses a child's experience of a variety of potential traumatic events including current and previous injuries, hospitalizations, domestic violence, community violence, disasters, accidents, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. The revised 24-item version (also known as the TESI-CRF-R; Ippen et al., 2002) is more developmentally sensitive to the traumatic experiences that young children may experience. Additional questions assess DSM-IV PTSD Criterion A and other additional information about the specifics of the event(s). A revised 24-item parent report version (TESI-PRR) is also available.

Sample Item

  • Item: Have you ever been in a really bad accident, like a car accident, a fall or a fire? Did you feel as scared as you'd ever been, like this was one of the scariest things that EVER happened to you? Did you feel confused or mixed up (or helpless)? Did you feel sick or disgusted (or horrified)?
  • Response: Dichotomous item ("Yes" or "No")


Ippen, C. G., Ford, J., Racusin, R., Acker, M., Bosquet, M., Rogers, K., Ellis, C., Schiffman, J., Ribbe, D.,Cone, P., Lukovitz, M., & Edwards, J. (2002). Traumatic Events Screening Inventory - Parent Report Revised.

Ribbe, D. (1996). Psychometric review of Traumatic Event Screening Instrument for Children (TESI-C). In B. H. Stamm (Ed.), Measurement of stress, trauma, and adaptation (pp. 386-387). Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.

To Obtain Scale

This measure was created by staff at VA's National Center for PTSD.

Download the Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children - Child and Parent Report Versions:

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Our PTSD Consultation Program can answer administration or scoring questions: or 866-948-7880.

Measure 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.

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