The 17-item self-report Trauma Assessment for Adults (TAA) examines different types of stressful life events. It assesses 14 life events such as combat exposure during military service, physical or sexual assault, surviving a serious car accident, and others stressful events using a yes/no format. Each life event endorsed asks about presence of injury ("yes" or "no"), perception of danger ("yes" or "no"), and ages when it happened (first and last time). The TAA is appropriate for clinical or research purposes.
Resnick, H. S., Falsetti, S. A., Kilpatrick, D. G., & Freedy, J. R. (1996). Assessment of rape and other civilian trauma-related post-traumatic stress disorder: Emphasis on assessment of potentially traumatic events. In T. W. Miller (Ed.), Stressful life events (pp. 231-266). Madison: International Universities Press.
Orsillo (2001) (PDF) p. 301.
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
Heidi Resnick, PhD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
171 Ashely Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425-0742
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.