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Title: Assessment and Screening Tools for Trauma in Children and Adolescents: A Review
Journal: Trauma, Violence, & Abuse: A Review Journal  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:January 2005  Pages:55-78
Author(s): Virginia C. Strand; Teresa L. Sarmiento; Lina E. Pasquale
Date Published: January 2005
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: SM54316
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews 35 screening tools for the assessment of trauma in the lives of children and adolescents.
Abstract: The implementation of appropriate and effective trauma interventions and treatment for children and adolescents relies on the accurate assessment of trauma in this population. During the past 15 years, practitioners and researchers have developed a wide array of measures for the assessment of trauma. The current article provides an overview of 35 measures, 25 in depth and 10 in brief, that fall into 3 broad categories: (1) those that both measure a history of exposure to trauma and assess the impact; (2) those that only measure a history of trauma exposure; and (3) those that assess the impact of trauma exposure. The overview includes information about psychometric properties, the availability of the instrument, cost of the instrument, and time required to administer the instrument. Specific items from the measurements have been included where possible and contact information is provided when known. Overall, the instruments probing both a history of exposure and an assessment of its impact generally rely on measures of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Only one measure was a broad trauma measure that explored a range of trauma exposures. Most of the measures reviewed could benefit from further psychometric development, especially in terms of the impact of gender and age on trauma outcomes. Appendix, table, references
Main Term(s): Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Testing and measurement
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Psychiatric services
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