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Children’s PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS)
The Children's PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) is not available on the NINDS website. To obtain the scale, contact:
Edna Foa, PhD (foa@mail.med.upenn.edu)
Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)-Pediatric (ages 8-18 years old)
Short Description of Instrument
This is a 26-question self-report scale that measures the PTSD diagnostic criteria and symptom severity in children ages 8 to 18 years old.
Items are rated on a 4-point frequency scale; functional impairment items are scored as “0” (absent) or “1” (present).
The total symptom severity score ranges from 0-51 and total severity-of-impairment score ranges from 0–7.
Foa EB, Johnson KM, Feeny NC, Treadwell KR. The child PTSD Symptom Scale: a preliminary examination of its psychometric properties. J Clin Child Psychol. 2001;30(3):376–384.
Other References:
Gillihan, S. J., Aderka, I. M., Conklin, P. H., Capaldi, S.,& Foa, E. B. (2013). The Child PTSD Symptom Scale: psychometric properties in female adolescent sexual assault survivors. Psychol Assess, 25(1), 23–31.
Rachamim, L., Helpman, L., Foa, E. B., Aderka, I. M.,& Gilboa-Schechtman, E. (2011). Validation of the Child Posttraumatic Symptom Scale in a sample of treatment-seeking Israeli youth. J Trauma Stress, 24(3), 356–360.
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