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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)


Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)

Briere, 2005


The TSCYC is a 90-item caretaker-report instrument that can be used to assess PTSD symptoms in children between 3 - 12 years old. It is made up of eight clinical scales (Anxiety, Depression, Anger/Aggression, Posttraumatic Stress - Intrusion, Posttraumatic Stress - Avoidance, Posttraumatic Stress - Arousal, Dissociation, and Sexual Concerns) as well as a summary PTSD scale (PTSD Total).

A PTSD diagnostic worksheet provides a possible PTSD diagnosis in children ages five and older. It also contains two validity scales to assess caretaker over- and under-report of the child's symptoms. Items are rated on a 4-point scale from 1 = "Not at all" to 4 = "Very Often" in reference to the previous month. The TSCYC is normed separately for boys and girls within three separate age groups (3 - 4, 5 - 9, and 10 - 12 years old). It can be administered and scored by paraprofessionals.

Sample Items

  • Looking sad
  • Throwing things at friends or family members


Briere, J. (2005) Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children: Professional manual. Florida: Psychological Assessment Resources Inc.

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Psychological Assessment Resources
PO Box 998
Odessa, FL 33556
Phone: (800) 331-8378

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