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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC)



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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC)

Briere, 1996


The TSCC is a 54-item self report scale originally designed for trauma symptoms related to sexual abuse and other traumatic events. It is made up of two validity scales (indicating over- and under-reporting of symptoms) and six clinical scales (Anxiety, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress, Sexual Concerns, Dissociation, and Anger). The child is presented with a list of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and is asked to mark how often each thing happens to him or her. Items are rated on a 4-point scale (from 0 = "never" to 3 = "almost all the time").

It is written at an 8-year old reading level and has been normed for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16. It is useful in the evaluation of children who have experienced traumatic events, including physical and sexual assault, victimization by peers, major losses, the witnessing of violence done to others, and natural disasters. The instrument is suitable for individual or group administration.

Sample Item

  • Bad dreams or nightmares


The TSCC is available in two versions: the full 54-item test that includes 10 items tapping sexual symptoms and preoccupation and a 44-item alternate version (TSCC-A) that makes no reference to sexual issues.


Briere, J. (1996) Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children: Professional manual. Florida: Psychological Assessment Resources Inc.

Additional Reviews

Ohan, J. L., Myers, K., Collett, B. R. (2002). Ten-year review of rating scales. IV: Scales assessing trauma and its effects. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41, 1401-22.

Nader, K. O. (2004). Assessing traumatic experiences in children and adolescents: Self-reports of DSM PTSD Criteria B-D symptoms. In J. Wilson & T. Keane (Eds.), Assessing psychological trauma and PTSD, 2nd ed. (pp. 513-537). New York: Guilford Press.

To Obtain Scale

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Measure availability: We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Measures authored by National Center staff are available as direct downloads or by request. Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information available on the information page for the specific measure.

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