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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children

John Briere, PhD

Evaluates acute and chronic posttraumatic symptomatology
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
8 years to 16 years
15-20 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

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The TSCC allows you to measure posttraumatic stress and related psychological symptomatology in children ages 8-16 years who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical or sexual abuse, major loss, or natural disasters, or who have been a witness to violence.

The 20-item TSCC Screening Form allows you to screen for posttraumatic symptomatology in just 5 minutes. The TSCC Screening Form consists of two subscales: General Trauma (12 items) and Sexual Concerns (8 items). Also available in Spanish. Now also available on PARiConnect!

Features and benefits

  • Suitable for individual or group administration. This 54-item self-report measure can be administered in just 15-20 minutes.
  • Easy hand-scoring. Item responses are entered on the top page of a carbonless test booklet, automatically transferring to the scoring page underneath.

Test structure

  • The 54-item TSCC includes two validity scales (Underresponse and Hyperresponse), six clinical scales (Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Posttraumatic Stress, Dissociation, and Sexual Concerns), and eight critical items. Profile Forms allow for conversion of raw scores to age- and sex-appropriate T scores and enable you to graph the results.
  • The TSCC-A, an alternate 44-item version of the measure, makes no reference to sexual issues.

Technical information

The TSCC scales are internally consistent (alpha coefficients for clinical scales range from .77 to .89 in the standardization sample) and exhibit reasonable convergent, discriminant, and predictive validity in normative and clinical samples.

Available in Spanish

TSCC Test Booklets have been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses English norms only. 

Scoring software also available

The unlimited-use TSC-SP software automatically scores the TSCC, the TSCC-A, or the TSCYC after the client’s responses are entered by the clinician. It will generate a score report and graphic profile of the results.

To learn more about the TSCC, visit the PAR Training Portal and watch an instructional video!