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Behav. Sci. 2015, 5(1), 59-69; doi:10.3390/bs5010059

Developing the PTSD Checklist-I/F for the DSM-IV (PCL-I/F): Assessing PTSD Symptom Frequency and Intensity in a Pilot Study of Male Veterans with Combat-Related PTSD

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Veteran Affairs North Texas Health Care System, 4500 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas, TX 75216, USA
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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390, USA
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Received: 14 October 2014 / Revised: 16 January 2015 / Accepted: 27 January 2015 / Published: 3 February 2015
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Abstract

The widely used posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Checklist (PCL) has established reliability and validity, but it does not differentiate posttraumatic symptom frequency from intensity as elements of posttraumatic symptom severity. Thus, the PCL in its existing form may not provide a comprehensive appraisal of posttraumatic symptomatology. Because of this, we modified the PCL to create the PCL-I/F that measures both frequency and intensity of PTSD symptoms via brief self-report. To establish validity and internal consistency of the PCL-I/F, we conducted a pilot study comparing PCL-I/F scores to structured diagnostic interview for PTSD (the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale [CAPS]) in a male combat veteran sample of 92 participants. Statistically significant correlations between the PCL-I/F and the CAPS were found, suggesting initial validation of the PCL-I/F to screen and assess frequency and intensity of combat-related PTSD symptoms. Implications are discussed for screening and assessment of PTSD related to combat and non-combat trauma. View Full-Text
Keywords: posttraumatic stress disorder; PTSD; screening; assessment; PTSD Checklist; PCL; PCL-I/F; combat-related PTSD; male veterans; PTSD symptom frequency posttraumatic stress disorder; PTSD; screening; assessment; PTSD Checklist; PCL; PCL-I/F; combat-related PTSD; male veterans; PTSD symptom frequency
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Holliday, R.; Smith, J.; North, C.; Surís, A. Developing the PTSD Checklist-I/F for the DSM-IV (PCL-I/F): Assessing PTSD Symptom Frequency and Intensity in a Pilot Study of Male Veterans with Combat-Related PTSD. Behav. Sci. 2015, 5, 59-69.

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