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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)

 

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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)

Briere, 2005

Description

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

References

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

To Obtain Scale

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

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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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