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Prior Stressors Scale


Prior Stressors Scale

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


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 Items

  • 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.
  • Before I was deployed, I went through a divorce or was left by a significant other.
  • Before I was deployed, I witnessed someone being seriously assaulted or killed.

Response Format

Dichotomous items (0 = No; 1 = Yes)

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.

See Assessment Measures Specifically for VA Providers and Staff to download the DRRI scales and manual.

For Non-VA Providers: please complete the online request form to obtain the DRRI-2.

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Where to Get Help for PTSD

Using the PILOTS database for Assessment Information
The PILOTS database is the largest electronic index to the world's literature on traumatic stress.

The National Center for PTSD does not provide direct clinical care, individual referrals or benefits information.

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