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Assessing Trauma-related Symptoms in Children and Adolescents

Sonja March, Alexandra De Young, Belinda Dow and Justin Kenardy

in The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399066
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399066.013.0018

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessing Trauma-related Symptoms in Children and Adolescents

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The literature concerning the assessment of posttrauma reactions is well developed for adults, but this is not so for children and adolescents, especially young children. This chapter covers some key trauma-assessment issues in the child and adolescent population, which includes derivation and validation problems, the influence of developmental factors, applicability of current diagnostic classification, and the use of multiple informants. The range of available assessment measures is then reviewed, including semi-structured and self-report measures of posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, and dissociation. Available screening measures and physiological measures are also reviewed. Directions for future work in this area are made.

Keywords: assessment; posttraumatic stress disorder; child; adolescent; preschool; school-aged; dissociation; acute stress disorder; heart rate

Article.  12748 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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