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Life Stressor Checklist - Revised (LSC-R)



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

This section is for Researchers, Providers, and Helpers

Life Stressor Checklist - Revised (LSC-R)


The Life Stressor Checklist-Revised (LSC-R) is a self-report measure that assesses traumatic or stressful life events. The measure has a focus on events relevant to women such as abortion, and can also be used with men. The questionnaire includes 30 life events, including experiences with natural disasters, physical or sexual assault, death of a relative, and other events, following a yes/no response format.

Administration and Scoring

For endorsed events, respondents are asked to provide: age when event began, age when event ended, belief that they were in harm ("yes" or "no"), and feelings of helplessness ("yes" or "no"). In addition, effect on life and how upsetting event was at the time are rated on a five-point intensity scale (1 = "not at all or never" to 5 = "extremely"). Respondents are asked to identify the three events that currently have the greatest impact on them. The LSC-R can be used for clinical or research purposes.

Sample Item

  • Item: Has someone close to you died suddenly or unexpectedly (for example, an accident, sudden heart attack, murder, or suicide)?
  • Response: Dichotomous item ("yes" or "no")


Wolfe, J., & Kimerling, R. (1997). Gender issues in the assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PDF). In J. Wilson & T.M. Keane (Eds.), Assessing psychological trauma and PTSD (pp. 192-238). New York: Guilford. PILOTS ID: 13558

Additional Reviews

Norris and Hamblen (2004) (PDF) p. 71.

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

To Obtain Scale

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

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

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.

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