Assessing trauma-related symptoms in children and adolescents

March, Sonja and De Young, Alexandra and Dow, Belinda and Kenardy, Justin (2012) Assessing trauma-related symptoms in children and adolescents. In: The Oxford handbook of traumatic stress disorders. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. United States, pp. 262-281. ISBN 978-0-19-539906-6


The literature concerning the assessment of post-trauma 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 are 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.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2014 22:57
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 00:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; posttraumatic stress disorder; child; adolescent; pre-school; school-aged; dissociation; acute stress disorder; heart rate
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399066.013.0018

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