The TSS interview measures essential information about potentially traumatic events. The TSS allows for assessment of 10 events such as combat, robbery, or motor vehicle accident as well as one unspecified event.
For each of the events, 12 detailed closed- and open-ended questions that examine dimensions of loss, scope, threat to life and physical injury, blame, and familiarity are asked. It also prompts for an assessment of an event that changed an important aspect of life such as residence, job, or personal relations. This measurement can be used for clinical and research purposes.
In the past year, were you in a motor vehicle accident serious enough to cause injury to one or more passengers? (How many people were directly involved in this accident, including passengers of other vehicles as well as your own? What was the dollar value of property you had damaged, if any? Etc.)
Norris, F. H. (1990). Screening for traumatic stress: A scale of use in the general population. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 1704-1718. (includes measure in its entirety)
Orsillo (2001) (PDF) p. 302
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: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. PILOTS ID 24368
Norris and Hamblen (2004) (PDF) p. 66
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
Fran Norris, PhD
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