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TSI-2

Trauma Symptom Inventory-2

John Briere, PhD

Purpose:
Evaluates acute and chronic posttraumatic symptomatology
Format:
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
18 years to 88 years
Time:
20 minutes
Qualification level:
B
B
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

A broadband measure, the TSI-2 is designed to evaluate posttraumatic stress and other psychological sequelae of traumatic events, including the effects of sexual and physical assault, intimate partner violence, combat, torture, motor vehicle accidents, mass casualty events, medical trauma, traumatic losses, and childhood abuse or neglect.

Features and benefits

  • Three scales (Insecure Attachment, Somatic Preoccupations, and Suicidality) and several subscales, as well as four summary factors (Self-Disturbance, Posttraumatic Stress, Externalization, and Somatization), are new or have been significantly reconfigured.
  • New items assess clients’ tendencies to deny symptoms that are commonly endorsed, to overendorse unusual or bizarre symptoms, or to respond in a random manner; the instrument now addresses malingering.
  • New standardization sample (N = 678) closely matches U.S. Census statistics.

Test structure

  • A 136-item carbonless form assesses a wide range of potentially complex symptomatology, ranging from PTSD, dissociation, and somatization to insecure attachment styles, impaired self-capacities, and dysfunctional behaviors.
  • Eight critical items help identify issues that potentially represent severe psychological disturbance or danger to the respondent or others.
  • The TSI-2-A is a 126-item alternate version that does not contain any sexual symptom items.
  • Administration and scoring is available on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform.

Technical information

The validation sample consisted of five nonoverlapping clinical groups: combat veterans, individuals with borderline personality disorder, sexual abuse victims, victims of domestic violence, and incarcerated women. A sample of subjects simulating PTSD was used to test malingering.

Available in Spanish

TSI-2 Reusable Item Booklets and Hand-Scorable Answer Sheets have been translated into U.S. Spanish. This product uses English norms only. 

Scoring software available

The TSI-2-SP scores and profiles TSI-2 and TSI-2-A results. It generates a score report and graphic profile of the client’s results, indicating the relative extent to which the respondent is experiencing posttraumatic stress or other sequelae of traumatic events. A change score report assists clinicians in determining whether significant change over time has occurred.