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Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children (TESI-C)

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Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children (TESI-C)


The TESI-C assesses a child's experience of a variety of potential traumatic events including current and previous injuries, hospitalizations, domestic violence, community violence, disasters, accidents, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. The revised 24-item version (also known as the TESI-CRF-R; Ippen et al., 2002) is more developmentally sensitive to the traumatic experiences that young children may experience. Additional questions assess DSM-IV PTSD Criterion A and other additional information about the specifics of the event(s). A revised 24-item parent report version (TESI-PRR) is also available.

Sample Item

  • Item: Have you ever been in a really bad accident, like a car accident, a fall or a fire? Did you feel as scared as you'd ever been, like this was one of the scariest things that EVER happened to you? Did you feel confused or mixed up (or helpless)? Did you feel sick or disgusted (or horrified)?
  • Response: Dichotomous item ("Yes" or "No")


Ippen, C. G., Ford, J., Racusin, R., Acker, M., Bosquet, M., Rogers, K., Ellis, C., Schiffman, J., Ribbe, D.,Cone, P., Lukovitz, M., & Edwards, J. (2002). Traumatic Events Screening Inventory - Parent Report Revised.

Ribbe, D. (1996). Psychometric review of Traumatic Event Screening Instrument for Children (TESI-C). In B. H. Stamm (Ed.), Measurement of stress, trauma, and adaptation (pp. 386-387). Lutherville, MD: Sidran Press.

To Obtain Scale

This measure was created by staff at VA's National Center for PTSD.

Download the Traumatic Events Screening Inventory for Children - Child and Parent Report Versions:

Are you using this measure with U.S. Veterans or Servicemembers?

Our PTSD Consultation Program can answer administration or scoring questions: or 866-948-7880.

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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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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
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Also see: VA Mental Health