The child PTSD symptom scale:An update and replication of its psychometric properties

Nixon, R.D.V., Meiser-Stedman, R. ORCID:, Dalgleish, T., Yule, W., Clark, D.M., Perrin, S. and Smith, P. (2013) The child PTSD symptom scale:An update and replication of its psychometric properties. Psychological Assessment, 25 (3). pp. 1025-1031. ISSN 1040-3590

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The psychometric properties of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) were examined in 2 samples. Sample 1 (N = 185, ages 6-17 years) consisted of children recruited from hospitals after accidental injury, assault, and road traffic trauma, and assessed 6 months posttrauma. Sample 2 (N = 68, ages 6-17 years) comprised treatment-seeking children who had experienced diverse traumas. In both samples psychometric properties were generally good to very good (internal reliability for total CPSS scores =.83 and.90, respectively). The point-biserial correlation of the CPSS with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis derived from structured clinical interview was.51, and children diagnosed with PTSD reported significantly higher symptoms than non-PTSD children. The CPSS demonstrated applicability to be used as a diagnostic measure, demonstrating sensitivity of 84% and specificity of 72%. The performance of the CPSS Symptom Severity Scale to accurately identify PTSD at varying cutoffs is reported in both samples, with a score of 16 or above suggested as a revised cutoff.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Mental Health
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 16:50
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 00:13
DOI: 10.1037/a0033324

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