Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 75–90

The development of a Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale

Authors

  • Dudley David Blake
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterClinical Laboratory and Education Division, National Center for PTSD, Palo Alto
  • Frank W. Weathers
    • Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSDBoston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Linda M. Nagy
    • Neurosciences Division, National Center for PTSDWest Haven Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Yale University School of Medicine
  • Danny G. Kaloupek
    • Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSDBoston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Fred D. Gusman
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterClinical Laboratory and Education Division, National Center for PTSD, Palo Alto
  • Dennis S. Charney
    • Neurosciences Division, National Center for PTSDWest Haven Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Yale University School of Medicine
  • Terence M. Keane
    • Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSDBoston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02105408

Cite this article as:
Blake, D.D., Weathers, F.W., Nagy, L.M. et al. J Trauma Stress (1995) 8: 75. doi:10.1007/BF02105408
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Abstract

Several interviews are available for assessing PTSD. These interviews vary in merit when compared on stringent psychometric and utility standards. Of all the interviews, the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-1) appears to satisfy these standards most uniformly. The CAPS-1 is a structured interview for assessing core and associated symptoms of PTSD. It assesses the frequency and intensity of each symptom using standard prompt questions and explicit, behaviorally-anchored rating scales. The CAPS-1 yields both continuous and dichotomous scores for current and lifetime PTSD symptoms. Intended for use by experienced clinicians, it also can be administered by appropriately trained paraprofessionals. Data from a large scale psychometric study of the CAPS-1 have provided impressive evidence of its reliability and validity as a PTSD interview.

Key words

diagnosispost-traumatic stress disorderreliabilitystructured interviewsvalidity

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© International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1995