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Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children

John Briere, PhD

Evaluates acute and chronic posttraumatic symptomatology in young children
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
3 years to 12 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

The TSCYC is the first fully standardized and normed broadband trauma measure for young children who have been exposed to traumatic events such as child abuse, peer assault, and community violence.

The 20-item TSCYC Screening Form screens for posttraumatic symptomatology in just 5 minutes. The TSCYC 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

  • Caretaker report is valid and easy to administer.
  • Caretakers rate each of 90 symptoms on a four-point scale according to how frequently the symptom occurred in the previous month.

Test structure

  • Eight clinical scales (Anxiety, Depression, Anger/Aggression, Posttraumatic Stress-Intrusion, Posttraumatic Stress-Avoidance, Posttraumatic Stress-Arousal, Dissociation, and Sexual Concerns) and a summary scale provide valuable information to help you evaluate acute and chronic symptomatology and provide information on other symptoms found in many traumatized children.
  • Specific scales ascertain the validity of the caretaker’s report.
  • PTSD Diagnosis Worksheet helps you evaluate PTSD criteria, providing a possible PTSD diagnosis.
  • Contains separate norms for males and females and for three age groups: 3-4 years, 5-9 years, and 10-12 years.
  • TSCYC scale patterns have been found to predict different forms of trauma exposure in a published study of traumatized children.
  • Associated with the occurrence of trauma in several samples including the standardization sample (N = 750), a subset of abused children (n = 104), and a subset of sexually abused children (n =45). 

Available in Spanish

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

Scoring software also available

The unlimited-use TSC-SP 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 TSCYC, visit the PAR Training Portal and watch an instructional video!