The CPTSDI is a clinician-administered scale for children between 6 and 18 years old. Items were based on DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for PTSD. Examples of traumatic ("scary") experiences are described, and then the child is asked if he or she has ever experienced a scary event and, if so, if he or she felt upset when it happened and/or if the child felt he or she could do nothing to stop it from happening.
If an event meets screening criteria then symptoms are assessed in reference to that event, including 11 items concerning reexperiencing symptoms, 16 concerning numbing and avoidance, and 7 concerning arousal. Questions related to duration of symptoms are also asked.
The instrument yields dimensional and categorical scores to indicate severity and presence of a diagnosis of PTSD. In addition, scores on 5 subscales (Situational Reactivity, Reexperiencing, Avoidance and Numbing, Increased Arousal, and Significant Impairment) are yielded. The CPTSDI can be used in either research or clinical settings.
Measure is available in Spanish from the publisher.
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