Assessing PTSD Symptoms

Michelle J. Bovin and Frank W. Weathers

in The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399066
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessing PTSD Symptoms

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and prevalent mental disorder that poses a number of significant challenges for accurate assessment and diagnosis. In this chapter we describe some of the most widely used PTSD assessment tools for adult trauma survivors, including structured interviews, self-report measures, and psychophysiological methods. We also discuss several key issues in PTSD assessment, including identifying an index traumatic event for symptom inquiry, linking symptoms to the index event, and detecting exaggerated symptom reporting. We conclude with a brief discussion of future directions for research on PTSD assessment.

Keywords: ptsd; assessment; interview; self-report; psychophysiology; malingering

Article.  11047 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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