Screening Tool: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (in Children and Youth)
This is the Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire (CTSQ) developed by Dr. Justin Kenardy. Special thanks to Dr. Justin Kenardy for permission to use this tool.
It is designed to provide a quick assessment of whether your child shows signs and symptoms of possible post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). No matter what the score, you should seek help if you have any concerns about yourself or your loved ones.
Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire
These questions should be asked directly to the child/youth in question:
Using a cutoff of 5, the CTSQ is sensitive to predict distressing PTSD symptoms with a sensitivity of 85%, and a specificity of 75%. Reference: Kenardy et al., Screening for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children After Accidental Injury, Pediatrics, 118(3): 1002-1009, Sep 2006.