Quick guide to practical and empirically-sound assessment tools

Explore each section below to learn about tools to assess Distress, Emotional Support, or Family needs. Or use these quick links to find the tool you need.

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Traumatic Stress Symptoms / Reactions / Risk

Psychosocial Needs / Risk Factors / Coping

D-E-F Assessment:

NAME OF MEASUREPURPOSE & DESCRIPTIONREFERENCE(S)
 

D-E-F Provider Assessment Form

LANGUAGES:
English

Brief checklist completed by physician, nurse, or social worker.

Needs assessment and care planning with hospitalized children.

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Distress - Screen and Assess Child/Teen Acute Stress,
Posttraumatic Stress, and Pain:

NAME OF MEASUREPURPOSE & DESCRIPTIONREFERENCE(S)
SCREENING MEASURES TO IDENTIFY RISK OF LATER PTSD
Screening Tool for Early Predictors of PTSD (STEPP)

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LANGUAGES:
English

12 item screening tool completed by health care provider.

Helps identify recently injured children at higher risk for later PTSD.

Winston et al. (2003). Screening for risk of persistent posttraumatic stress in injured children and their parents. JAMA, 290 (5): 643-649.
Child Traumatic Stress Questionnaire (CTSQ)

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LANGUAGES:
English

10 item screening tool completed by child or teen.

Helps identify recently injured children at higher risk for later PTSD.
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Kenardy, Spence, & Macleod (2006). Screening for posttraumatic stress disorder in children after accidental injury. Pediatrics, 118: 1002-09.
ASSESS CHILD ACUTE STRESS SYMPTOMS
Child Stress Disorders Checklist (CSDC)

LANGUAGES:
English

35 item checklist completed by parent (or nurse).

Assesses acute stress or PTSD symptoms in children or teens.

Saxe et al. (2003). Child Stress Disorders Checklist: A measure of ASD and PTSD in children. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(8): 972-978.
CSDC-Short Form

LANGUAGES:
English

4 item subset of CSDC to be completed by parent (or physician / nurse).

Assesses acute stress of PTSD symptoms in children or teens.

Bosquet, Kassam-Adams, & Saxe (2010). The Child Stress Disorders Checklist-Short Form: A four-item scale of traumatic stress symptoms in children. General Hospital Psychiatry, 32(3): 321-327.
Acute Stress Checklist for Children (ASC-Kids)
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LANGUAGES:
English, Spanish
29 item self-report checklist.

Assesses acute stress reactions in children or teens.
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Kassam-Adams, N. (2006). The Acute Stress Checklist for Children (ASC-Kids): Development of a child self-report measure. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19: 129-139.
Acute Stress Disorder Scale (ASDS)

LANGUAGES:
English

19 item self-report checklist to assess acute stress reactions in older teens.
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Bryant, R., Moulds, M., & Guthrie, R. (2000). Acute Stress Disorder Scale: A self-report measure of Acute Stress Disorder. Psychological Assessment, 12(1), 61 - 68.
ASSESS POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS SYMPTOMS
Child Stress Disorders Checklist (CSDC)

LANGUAGES:
English

35 item checklist completed by parent (or nurse).

Assesses acute stress or PTSD symptoms in children or teens.

Saxe et al. (2003). Child Stress Disorders Checklist: A measure of ASD and PTSD in children. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(8): 972-978.
CSDC-Short Form
LANGUAGES: English
4 item subset of CSDC to be completed by parent (or physician / nurse).

Assesses acute stress or PTSD symptoms in children or teens.

Bosquet, Kassam-Adams, & Saxe (2010). The Child Stress Disorders Checklist-Short Form: A four-item scale of traumatic stress symptoms in children. General Hospital Psychiatry, 32(3): 321-327.
Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS)

LANGUAGES:
English, Spanish, Russian, Armenian, Korean

24 item self-report checklist.

Assesses PTSD symptoms (and impairment) in children or teens.
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Foa, E., Johnson, K., Feeny, N., & Treadwell, K. (2001). The Child PTSD Symptom Scale: A preliminary examination of its psychometric properties. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 30(3), 376-384.
PTSD Checklist (PCL)

LANGUAGES:
English, Spanish

17 item self-report checklist.

Assesses PTSD symptoms in older teens.
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Blanchard, E., Jones-Alexander, J., Buckley, T., & Forneris, C. (1996). Psychometric properties of the PTSD Checklist (PCL). Behavior Research and Therapy, 34(8), 669-673.
ASSESS PAIN
Faces Pain Scale – Revised

LANGUAGES:
English, French, and 31 additional languages

Well-validated self-report scale for children or teens.

Assesses pain (disease-related, procedural, surgical/trauma, treatment-related).
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Hicks CL, von Baeyer CL, Spafford P, van Korlaar I & Goodenough B. (2001) The Faces Pain Scale - Revised: Toward a common metric in pediatric pain measurement. Pain: 93:173-183.

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Emotional Support – Assess Support and Coping:

NAME OF MEASUREPURPOSE & DESCRIPTIONREFERENCE(S)
ASSESS SUPPORT AND COPING
Hospital Emotional Support Form

LANGUAGES:
English

Brief clinical assessment tool to aid parents in providing coping assistance to child. N/A
KidCope

LANGUAGES:
English, German, French, Chinese, Portuguese,

10 to 15 item self-report checklist.

Assesses child coping strategies.

Spirito A, Stark L, Williams C. (1988). Development of a brief coping checklist for use with pediatric populations. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,13:555-574

Pretzlik U, Sylva K. (1999) Pediatric patients' distress and coping: a self-report measure. . Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1999;81:525-527

Coping with Disease (CODI)

LANGUAGES:
English, Dutch, German, Greek, Swedish,

29 item self-report checklist.

Assesses child coping strategies.

Petersen, C, Schmidt, S, Bullinger M, et al. (2004). Brief report: Development and pilot testing of a coping questionnaire for children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 29: 635-640

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Family – Assess Parent's Acute Stress,
Posttraumatic Stress, and Need for Support:

NAME OF MEASUREPURPOSE & DESCRIPTIONREFERENCE(S)
ASSESS NEED FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT
Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT)

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LANGUAGES:
English, Spanish

Comprehensive questionnaire assessing psychosocial risk in families of children newly diagnosed with cancer.

Helps identify children and families who would benefit from targeted psychosocial intervention.

Pai, A., et al. (2008). The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT2.0): Psychometric properties of a screener for psychosocial distress in families of children newly diagnosed with cancer. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33, 50-62.
ASSESS PARENTS' ACUTE STRESS SYMPTOMS
Acute Stress Disorder Scale (ASDS)

LANGUAGES:
English

19 item self-report checklist.

Assesses acute stress reactions in adults. More

Bryant, R., Moulds, M., & Guthrie, R. (2000). Acute Stress Disorder Scale: A self-report measure of Acute Stress Disorder. Psychological Assessment, 12(1), 61 - 68.
ASSESS PARENTS’ POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS SYMPTOMS
PTSD Checklist (PCL)

LANGUAGES:
English, Spanish

17 item self-report checklist.

Assesses PTSD symptoms in adults.
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Blanchard, E., Jones-Alexander, J., Buckley, T., & Forneris, C. (1996). Psychometric properties of the PTSD Checklist (PCL). Behavior Research and Therapy, 34(8), 669-673.

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