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Assessment Instruments


This section is designed to provide clinicians and researchers with descriptive, reference, and contact information about child and adult measures of trauma exposure and responses.

Measures included in these pages are those with published psychometric studies and those that are widely used or are innovative.

Information is reported in tables such as time to administer, published psychometrics, and number of items. The four categories of instruments are:

More information is available about the assessment instruments developed by the National Center for PTSD, including how to obtain those instruments.

Instruments most commonly cited in the PILOTS database are listed, for those who wish to know which assessment instruments are most frequently utilized in trauma research. Researchers and clinicians should note that frequency of citation may indicate longevity of a measure rather than current "popularity." A low frequency of citation is not significant in very recent publications. Some older measures may not be suitable for all assessment purposes, so careful attention to the characteristics of a measure and the intended use is advised.

More information is available for those interested in searching for assessment measure citations in the PILOTS database.

 Recommended readings on trauma assessment provides additional trauma assessment resources.

Assessment content was prepared by Eve Carlson, Ph.D., Education and Clinical Lab Division


The information on this Web site is presented for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for informed medical advice or training. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a mental health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental health care provider.

All information contained on these pages is in the public domain unless explicit notice is given to the contrary, and may be copied and distributed without restriction.

For more information call the PTSD Information Line at (802) 296-6300 or send email to This page was last updated on Fri Oct 26 14:04:45 2001.






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