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Trauma History Questionnaire (THQ)

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Trauma History Questionnaire (THQ)

Georgetown University Psychiatry Department, 1996

Description

The Trauma History Questionnaire (THQ) is a 24-item self-report measure that examines experiences with potentially traumatic events such as crime, general disaster, and sexual and physical assault using a yes/no format. For each event endorsed, respondents are asked to provide the frequency of the event as well as their age at the time of the event. The THQ can be used in both clinical and research settings, and is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Urdu, and Danish.

Sample Items

  • Has anyone ever attempted to rob you or actually robbed you (i.e., stolen your personal belongings)? ("yes" or "no", number of times, approximate age)
  • Has anyone, including family members or friends, ever attacked you with a gun, knife, or some other weapon?

References

Hooper, L., Stockton, P., Krupnick, J., & Green, B., (2011). Development, use, and psychometric properties of the Trauma History Questionnaire. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16, 258-283. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2011.572035

Additional Reviews

Orsillo (2001) (PDF) p. 299.

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: KluwerAcademic/Plenum. PTSDpubs ID 24368

Norris and Hamblen (2004) (PDF) p. 68.

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. PTSDpubs ID 18638

To Obtain Scale

All language versions are available for download at http://ctc.georgetown.edu/toolkitLink will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.

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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