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Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children (TESI-C)


Traumatic Events Screening Inventory (TESI)

Ford & Rogers, 1997


The TESI-C is a 15-item clinician-administered interview that 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. Additional questions assess DSM-IV PTSD Criterion A and other additional information about the specifics of the event(s).

Sample Item

Have you ever been in a really bad accident, like a car accident, a fall, or a fire? How old were you when this happened? Were you hurt? [What was the hurt?] Did you go to the doctor or hospital? Was someone else hurt in the accident? [Who? What was the hurt? Did they go to the doctor or the hospital?]


The TESI-CRF-R (Ippen et al., 2002) is a revised 24-item version of the original TESI. It is available in a child-report form (TESI-CRF-R) and parent report form (TESI-PRF-R). It was revised to be more developmentally sensitive to the traumatic experiences that young children may experience. This version is available from Chandra Ghosh Ippen at


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.

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.

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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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