Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 439–448 | Cite as

Development of a crime-related post-traumatic stress disorder scale for women within the symptom checklist-90-revised

  • Benjamin E. Saunders
  • Catalina Mandoki Arata
  • Dean G. Kilpatrick


A community sample of 355 adult women were administered the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised and were assessed with structured interviews for a life-time history of criminal victimization and Crime-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Using a criterion group classification approach, a 28-item scale within the SCL-90-R was developed that successfully discriminated between the CR-PTSD positive and negative respondents. Though replication and further research is needed, the developed scale may be of use for initial screening for CR-PTSD as well as for ongoing clinical assessment and research purposes.

Key words

PTSD crime measurement assessment screening 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin E. Saunders
    • 1
  • Catalina Mandoki Arata
    • 2
  • Dean G. Kilpatrick
    • 1
  1. 1.Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharleston
  2. 2.Searly HospitalMobile

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