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PCL (PTSD Checklist – Civilian Version, Military Version, Short Version)

Type of Tool: Diagnostic
Repeatability: Repeatable by Clinician’s Judgment
Description: The PTSD Checklist (PCL) is a 17-item scale based on the DSM-IV criteria. It is a self-administered questionnaire that assesses the full domain of DSM-IV PTSD symptoms. It inquires about the three symptom clusters of PTSD: five re-experiencing symptoms, seven numbing/avoidance symptoms, and five hyper-arousal symptoms. It has been used successfully to measure PTSD symptoms in mixed gender populations of civilian trauma patients, in survivors of cancer, and in parents of pediatric cancer patients.
     Three versions of the PCL are available: the PCL-C (for civilians), the PCL-S (for addressing a specific stressful experience), and the PCL-M (for military).

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*Weathers, F. W., Litz, B. T., Herman, D. S., Huska, J. A., & Keane, T. M. (1993). The PTSD Checklist (PCL): Reliability, validity, and diagnostic utility. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, San Antonio, TX.

*Weathers, F. W., & Ford, J. (1996). Psychometric properties of the PTSD checklist (PCL-C, PCL-S, PCL-M, PCL-PR). In: B.H. Stamm, Editor, Measurement of stress, trauma, and adaptation, Sidran Press, Lutherville, MD.

CAPS (Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-IV)

Type of Tool: Screening
Repeatability: Repeatable by Clinician’s Judgment
Description: Developed at the National Center for PTSD, the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) has become the “gold standard” for assessing posttraumatic stress disorder in individuals over age 15. This user-friendly structured interview is ideal for screening, differential diagnosis, confirmation of a PTSD diagnosis, or identifying Acute Stress Disorder. Completion time for the full CAPS interview is 45-60 minutes.
     The CAPS consists of 30 carefully worded interview questions that target DSM-IV criteria for PTSD without leading the respondent. The interview gives a clear picture of symptom severity and sufficient information to determine whether a current or lifetime diagnosis of PTSD is indicated.

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*Blake, D. D., Weathers, F. W., Nagy, L. N. A clinician rating scale for assessing current and lifetime PTSD: the CAPS-1. Behavior Therapist,18:187-188.