Child and adolescent exposure to potential trauma experiences is pervasive. Given the prevalence, deleterious mental and physical effects, and economic cost of trauma exposure, child- and family-service systems are adopting trauma-informed approaches, including practices like trauma screening. Although a number of trauma-focused screening and assessment measures exist for youth, the majority are lengthy and inappropriate for universal administration. This study describes the development and preliminary validation of the Traumatic Stress Screen for Children and Adolescents (TSSCA), a six-item screening measure for trauma exposure and traumatic stress symptoms. Using two samples of youth presenting at community practice settings (n1 = 134, n2 = 137), reliability, discriminative validity, and criterion-related validity were calculated for the TSSCA. Results support the TSSCA as an empirically derived, reliable, and valid screening measure for exposure to trauma and symptoms of traumatic stress for youth ages 7 to 18.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research|
|State||Published - Jan 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to thank Dr. Susanne Lee for her assistance with the manuscript.
- Child traumatic stress
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Psychological trauma
- Trauma screening
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article