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Children's PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS)
The Children's PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) is not available on the NINDS website. To obtain the scale, contact:
Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)-Pediatric (ages 8-18 years old)
Short Description of Instrument
This is a 26-question self-report scale that measures the PTSD diagnostic criteria and symptom severity in children ages 8 to 18 years old.
Items are rated on a 4-point frequency scale; functional impairment items are scored as "0" (absent) or "1" (present).
The total symptom severity score ranges from 0-51 and total severity-of-impairment score ranges from 0-7.
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Rachamim L, Helpman L, Foa EB, Aderka IM, Gilboa-Schechtman E. Validation of the Child Posttraumatic Symptom Scale in a sample of treatment-seeking Israeli youth. J Trauma Stress. 2011;24(3):356-360.


Document last updated June 2020