The Child PTSD Symptom Scale: An Investigation of Its Psychometric Properties

Regan W. Stewart, Chad Ebesutani, Christopher F. Drescher, John Young

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The current study addresses the need for accurate measurement of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in youth by investigating the psychometric properties of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS). The factor structure, reliability, and concurrent and discriminant validity of the CPSS were investigated in a sample of 206 6th- to 12th-grade adolescents. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis supported a single-factor structure, which was contrary to the hypothesized three-factor structure. Scores comprising this one-factor structure were also associated with high reliability (α =.93), and tests of concurrent and discriminant validity were also strong. The implications of these findings are discussed, with particular emphasis on future directions for research on self-report measures for adolescent PTSD symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2237-2256
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • PTSD
  • child abuse
  • history of child abuse
  • mental health and violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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