Assessing traumatic event exposure: General issues and preliminary findings for the stressful life events screening questionnaire

Lisa A. Goodman, Carole Corcoran, Kiban Turner, Nicole Yuan, Bonnie L. Green

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Abstract

This article reviews the psychometric properties of the Stressful Life Events Screening Questionnaire (SLESQ), a recently developed trauma history screening measure, and discusses the complexities involved in assessing trauma exposure. There are relatively few general measures of exposure to a variety of types of traumatic events, and most of those that exist have not been subjected to rigorous psychometric evaluation. The SLESQ showed good test-retest reliability, with a median kappa of .73, adequate convergent validity (with a lengthier interview) with a median kappa of .64, and good discrimination between Criterion A and non-Criterion A events. The discussion addresses some of the challenges of assessing traumatic event exposure along the dimensions of defining traumatic events, assessment methodologies, reporting consistency, and incident validation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-542
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 11 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Psychometrics
  • Trauma exposure
  • Trauma history assessment
  • Traumatic events measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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