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NCJ Number: 220467 Find in a Library
Title: Reliability of the GAF and CGAS with Children Exposed to Trauma
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:31  Issue:8  Dated:August 2007  Pages:909-915
Author(s): Katherine Blake; Scott Cangelosi; Sonja Johnson-Brooks; Harolyn M.E. Belcher
Date Published: August 2007
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 5 U 79 SM56215;MH01882
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to estimate the reliability of the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale and the Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) in the evaluation of children with trauma.
Abstract: Results suggest that the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale and the Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) may not reliably measure functioning in children with complex trauma exposure. Clinicians often use the GAF and CGAS to help make decisions about treatment progress, outcomes, and needs. Results suggest variability in clinicians’ reliability, favoring child cases without a history of trauma compared to those with a trauma history. The two most commonly used mental health measures of functioning of traumatized and non-traumatized children are the GAF and the CGAS. Only a limited number of studies have examined the reliability of the GAF and CGAS with child populations. Studies of the reliability of these measures have yielded mixed results. Using clinical case vignettes of both traumatized and non-traumatized children, this study attempted to estimate the reliability of the GAF and the CGAS. Table, references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Critical incident stress; Evaluation measures; Family crisis; Instrument validation; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Stress assessment; Testing and measurement
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