The clinical utility of the Child Behavior Checklist as a screener for posttraumatic stress disorder in a diverse, low income, urban population [electronic resource].

Cahill, Eleonora J.
140 p.
Clinical psychology.
Developmental psychology.
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Penn dissertations -- Education. (search)
Education -- Penn dissertations. (search)
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Traumatic exposure is significant among children and adolescents. The pre-trauma factors of racial and ethnic minority group membership, low-income or poverty status, and residence in an urban, economically deprived community have been found to increase the risk of developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally, research demonstrates that children and adolescent's traumatic symptomatology differs from that of adults. There is a clear need for cost-effective, age-appropriate, efficient screening for PTSD in this distinct population. This investigation sought to evaluate the clinical utility of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) Posttraumatic Stress Problems (PTSP) scale as such a screener. The participants (N=112) were comprised of children and adolescents receiving mental health treatment at two outpatient mental health clinics located within a level one trauma hospital in San Francisco, CA. Participants reflected a population of racially and ethnically diverse, chronically traumatized, low-income, urban children. Results indicate that while the PTSP has adequate internal consistency and criterion validity with this diverse, low-income population, the PTSP scale more accurately classifies those with PTSD then those without. Further, the PTSP-Scale appears to be a multidimensional instrument with two clear constructs: Anxiety and Increased Arousal. Implications of findings are discussed.
Thesis (Ph.D. in Education) -- University of Pennsylvania, 2013.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 74-10(E), Section: B.
Adviser: Howard C. Stevenson.
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School code: 0175.
Frye, Douglas committee member
Dorado, Joyce S. committee member
Collins, Zoe committee member
Stevenson, Howard C., advisor
University of Pennsylvania. Education.
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Dissertation Abstracts International 74-10B(E).
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