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Measures of PTSD Symptom Severity 

Measures of PTSD Symptom Severity
Measures of PTSD Symptom Severity
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Kelly S. Parker-Guilbert

, Samantha J. Moshier

, Brian P. Marx

, and Terence M. Keane


Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity serves a variety of important clinical and research purposes and may be able to more accurately represent the nature of posttraumatic stress when compared with traditional categorical diagnosis. Numerous measures that assess PTSD symptom severity are available and choosing measures with strong psychometric properties that meet one’s clinical or research needs is essential to accurate assessment. This task is made more complex by the recent update to the PTSD symptom criteria from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5. This chapter discusses available clinician-rated and self-report methods for evaluating PTSD symptom severity and makes recommendations for clinicians and researchers across a range of contexts and patient populations.

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