Measures

Looking for instruments to measure posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth or the experience of participating in research in children? Our team has developed and translated several measures. The first one has recently been published by Boom, for the other two you can send me an email (eva dot alisic at monash dot edu) to obtain them.

a) Posttraumatic stress in children

The Children’s Responses to Trauma Inventory (Schokverwerkingslijst voor Kinderen; SVLK)

The CRTI is a 34-item questionnaire on posttraumatic stress reactions in children, including both the symptom criteria of the DSM-IV and several child specific reactions, such as regressive behavior and separation anxiety. The lay-out and wording are child friendly. In Dutch and French there is a version for children and a version for parents, while in English we currently have the child version available. Read also the article about the development and psychometric quality of the instrument.

b) Posttraumatic growth in children

The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory for Children (PTGI-C; Posttraumatische Groei Vragenlijst voor Kinderen; in Dutch)

The PTGI-C has been developed by Ryan Kilmer and colleagues in the USA. Its purpose is to measure positive change as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life crises. I have translated the measure in 2006. An article about the development and psychometric quality of the English version can be found here.

c) Research participation experience in children

The Reactions to Research Participation Questionnaires (RRPQ-C and RRPQ-P; Vragenlijsten Onderzoeksdeelname; VOD-K and VOD-O)

The RRPQ has been developed by Nancy Kassam-Adams and Elana Newman in the USA to study the effects of participating in clinical research. The 12 items cover four domains: the child’s or parent’s positive appraisals of research participation, negative appraisals of research participation, assessment of informed consent and trust in the research team, and understanding or the rights of a research participants. I have translated the measure in 2011. An article on the development and psychometric validity of the English version can be found here.

d) Psychosocial care after child injury: measure for emergency professionals

We have developed a questionnaire on knowledge of, and confidence in, trauma-informed care for Emergency Department staff and paramedics.

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