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My Worst Experiences Survey

National Center for Study of Corporal Punishment and Alternatives in Schools, 1992

Description

This measure asks children about their most stressful experiences and then associated reactions. Part 1 assesses 21 stressful events (e.g., abuse disaster, family problems) and asks children to select their "worst" event. They are then asked six more questions about that event. In Part II, children are asked to rate the frequency and duration of 105 possible thoughts, feelings, and behaviors they may be having in response to the endorsed events. Items are rated on five point scales where 1 = one time to 5 = all of the time.

The MWES can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes by any child or teen who reads at a third-grade level or better. Responses to Part II yield a Total Score, Inconsistent Responding Index, DSM-IV PTSD Criteria Scores, and Symptom Subscales for depression, hopelessness, somatic symptoms, oppositional conduct, hypervigilance, dissociation/dreams, and general maladjustment.

Versions

There is another version called the "My Worst School Experience Survey" focused on stressful events that occur at school.

Reference

National Center for Study of Corporal Punishment and Alternatives in Schools, 1992. My Worst Experiences Survey, Philadelphia, PA. Temple University 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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