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On this page, you will find instruments that are specifically aimed at:

  • assessing shocking (possibly traumatic) events someone may have experienced

  • posttraumatic stress responses afterwards

  • determining the diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • related symptomatologies, such as the dissociative subtype of PTSD and a persistent complex bereavement disorder


The instruments can be used for:

  • research

  • psychological evaluation

  • routine outcome monitoring (ROM) of adults with (complex) psychotrauma symptoms


By whom can these instruments be used?


The instruments can be used by psychologists, psychiatrists, psychological evaluation staff and academics with experience in standardized diagnostic techniques. They should also understand the conceptual basis for the diagnosis PTSD and the associated symptoms and related symptomatologies. Such as the dissociative subtype of PTSD and symptoms of traumatic grief.


The questions may evoke emotionally stressful memories. The option of follow-up care must already be in place before the different questionnaires are administered.


The table gives an overview of various translations of PTSD-related instruments with a brief explanation, any available additional documentation and any relevant links.

Traumatic Grief Inventory-Self Report Version (TGI-SR) - Grief Questionnaire

Self-report questionnaire to assess whether the respondent has been confronted with the death of loved ones, to measure symptoms of traumatic grief, and to determine the diagnosis of a persistent complex bereavement disorder.

Dissociative Subtype of PTSD - Interview (DSP-I) for DSM-5

The DSPI consists of two parts. PART 1 is a 10-minute clinical interview to assess the extent and severity of the dissociative subtype of PTSD according to the DSM-5. PART 2 is a checklist to establish the presence of other PTSD-related dissociative symptoms. The checklist can be used as an interview or as a self-report questionnaire. It is recommended to use the DSPI as a complement to the CAPS-5.

PTSD Checklist for the DSM-5 (PCL-5) and Life Events Checklist for the DSM-5 (LEC-5) with extended A criterion

Self-report questionnaire to assess shocking and/or stressful events, evaluate the A criterion of PTSD, assess the presence and severity of PTSD symptoms and establish an indication for PTSD according to the DSM-5.

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