Screening Tools and Standardized Measures

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Forensic Validity of a PTSD Diagnosis

Claudia Baker, MSW, MPH and Cessie Alfonso, LCSW (2007), US Dept of Veteran Affairs

Brief overview of the major components of PTSD diagnosis and how it impacts legal proceedings.

Link: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/forensic-validity-ptsd.asp

Harvard Trauma Questionnaire: Measuring Trauma, Measuring Torture (HTQ)

and Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25) Measuring Trauma, Measuring Torture

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

The manual provides the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma’s scientific and field experience for eighteen years with the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) and Hopkins Symptom Check List-25 (HSCL –25). The manual is not just a “how to” on the use of screening instruments. It provides a rich scientific and ethnographic model and tools for the care of traumatized persons in diverse cultural settings worldwide. The manual focuses on historical background to the instruments and their development and modification and provides guidance for their utilization and adaptation in three settings: clinical screening, research and treatment.
Note: Available for purchase.

Link: http://hprt-cambridge.org/?page_id=420

The Validity of Screening for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

The Validity of Screening for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems among Asylum Seekers from Different Countries

Jokobsen, M. and Thoresen, S. (2011), Journal of Refugee Studies. 24(1): 171-186

The article evaluates the utility of screening tools such as the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) and the Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL-25) in asylum seekers.
Note: Requires paid subscription to Oxford Journals

Link: http://jrs.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/1/171.full.pdf+html