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Prior Stressors Scale



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Prior Stressors Scale

Scale in the Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory-2
DRRI-2 Section: A
Survey Label: "Predeployment Life Events"


Measures exposure to traumatic events before deployment, such as community or domestic violence, physical assault, sexual abuse, previous combat experiences, or other highly stressful life events.

Sample Item

  • Item: Before I was deployed, I experienced a natural disaster (for example, a hurricane), a fire, or an accident in which I or someone close to me was hurt or had serious property damage.
  • Response: Dichotomous items (0 = "No"; 1 = "Yes")

To Obtain Scale

This measure was created by staff at VA's National Center for PTSD.

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Our PTSD Consultation Program can answer administration or scoring questions: or 866-948-7880.

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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