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Short Form of the PTSD Checklist - Civilian Version



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

Short Form of the PTSD Checklist - Civilian Version

Lang & Stein, 2005


This six-item screen was derived empirically from the PCL-C (Weathers et al., 1994) for use in primary care settings. It contains the two items from each of the reexperiencing, avoidance, and hyperarousal clusters that correlated most highly with the individual cluster score on the PCL-C. Respondents rate items on a five-point scale (ranging from 1 = "Not at all" to 5 = "Extremely"). The authors suggest a cutoff score of 14. Those screening positive should then be assessed with a structured interview for PTSD.

Sample Items

Repeated, disturbing memories, thoughts, or images of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

Avoiding activities or situations because they reminded you of a stressful experience?
1.Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely


Lang, A.J., Stein, M.B. (2005) An abbreviated PTSD checklist for use as a screening instrument in primary care. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 585-594

To Obtain Scale

Ariel Lang, PhD
VA Outpatient Clinic (MC116A4Z)
University of California
8810 Rio San Diego Dr.
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 400-5173

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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