Screening and Assessment of Child Trauma
Presents resources for professionals on screening and assessing trauma in children and youth.
Measures Review Database
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Presents a database of tools for measuring children's experiences of trauma and other mental health-related issues.
Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP)
Chadwick Center for Children and Families
Describes a two-part treatment model that incorporates assessment triage and essential components of trauma treatment into clinical pathways. The website includes a manual, training program, handouts, videos, and additional resources.
Assessing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Using the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)
Pollio, Glover-Orr, & Wherry
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 17(1), 2008
Concludes that the TSCYC is an economical and time-efficient screening device to classify the presence or absence of PTSD in children accurately.
Smith, Perrin, Yule, & Clark (2009)
In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Cognitive Therapy with Children and Young People
Reviews tools for assessing PTSD in children, including structured diagnostic interviews and self-report measures. The chapter also describes the assessment process, steps for making the PTSD diagnosis, core areas to cover in interviews with children and caregivers, and potential assessment problems.
Assessment and Screening Tools for Trauma in Children and Adolescents: A Review
Strand, Sarmiento, & Pasquale
Trauma, Violence and Abuse: A Review Journal, 6(1), 2005
Reviews and analyzes 35 trauma assessment measures.
Assessment of Sequelae of Complex Trauma: Evidence-Based Measures
Briere & Spinazzola (2009)
In Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide
Describes complex posttraumatic outcomes and explains the role of assessment in traumatic treatment. The chapter also reviews different trauma checklists for children and youth.
Child and Adolescent Trauma Measures: A Review (PDF - 7178 KB)
Strand, Pasquale, & Sarmiento (2010)
Presents information on 35 instruments that assess exposure to trauma, symptoms of traumatic experiences, symptoms of PTSD and associative disorder, and multiple trauma symptoms. Copies of free instruments are included, along with contact and sales information for instruments with prices.
A Child's Journey to Recovery: Assessment and Planning With Traumatized Children
Tomlinson & Philpot (2008)
Outlines how to measure progress toward recovery of a child traumatized by abuse or neglect and describes a practical outcomes-based approach that can be provided by an integrated multidisciplinary team.
Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents
Includes an overview of trauma and its effects, as well as an in-depth look at initial assessment, treatment, and evaluation of progress toward resolution. Appendices include an explanation of trauma-informed psychological assessment and a list of online child trauma resources.
Child Trauma Institute
Provides training, consultation, information, and resources for those who work with trauma-exposed children, adolescents, and adults. Website includes a section on assessment.
The NEATS: A Competency-Based, Ecological Assessment for Children and Families: Title IV-E Curriculum Module
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota (2009)
Teaches practitioners working with children and families to focus on assessing five areas of functioning: neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation (NEATS).
Tutorial 6: Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and Their Families
Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (2011)
Discusses what is meant by trauma, how to recognize the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and how early childhood mental health professionals can extend their knowledge for intervention through consultation.
Understanding and Assessing Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Measures, Methods, and Youth in Context
Examines multiple aspects of responding to posttraumatic stress in children and youth, such as assessment and diagnosis, interviewing principles, brain development, risk and protective factors, environmental influences, and more.