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Life Stressor Checklist - Revised (LSC-R)



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Life Stressor Checklist - Revised (LSC-R)

Wolfe & Kimerling, 1997


The Life Stressor Checklist-Revised is a self-report measure that assesses traumatic or stressful life events. The measure has a focus on events relevant to women such as abortion. The questionnaire includes 30 life events, including experiences with natural disasters, physical or sexual assault, death of a relative, and other events and follows a yes/no format.

For endorsed events, respondents are asked to provide: age when event began, age when event ended, belief that they were in harm ("yes" or "no"), feelings of helplessness ("yes" or "no"). In addition, affect on life and how upsetting event was at the time are rated on a five-point intensity scale (1 = "not at all or never to 5 = "extremely"). Respondents are asked to identify the three events that currently have the greatest impact on them. The LSC-R can be used for clinical or research purposes.

Sample Item

Has someone close to you died suddenly or unexpectedly (for example, an accident, sudden heart attack, murder, or suicide)? ("yes" or "no")


Wolfe, J., & Kimerling, R. (1997). Gender issues in the assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In J. Wilson & T.M. Keane (Eds.), Assessing psychological trauma and PTSD (pp. 192-238). New York: Guilford.

Additional Reviews

Orsillo (2001) (PDF) p. 299.

Orsillo, Susan M. (2001). Measures for acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. In M.M. Antony & S.M. Orsillo (Eds.), Practitioner's guide to empirically based measures of anxiety (pp. 255-307). New York: KluwerAcademic/Plenum. PILOTS ID 24368

Norris and Hamblen (2004) (PDF) p. 71.

Norris, Fran H. & Hamblen, Jessica L. (2004). Standardized self-report measures of civilian trauma and PTSD. In J.P. Wilson, T.M. Keane & T. Martin (Eds.), Assessing psychological trauma and PTSD (pp. 63-102). New York: Guilford Press. PILOTS ID 18638

To Obtain Scale

This measure was created by staff at the VA National Center for PTSD. To obtain this scale complete the online request form.

VA Providers and Staff can find information on how to download this instrument here: Specifically for VA Providers and Staff. See "Assessment measures."

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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