Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in preschool children

De Young, Alexandra C., Kenardy, Justin A. and Cobham, Vanessa E. (2011) Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in preschool children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40 3: 375-384. doi:10.1080/15374416.2011.563474


Author De Young, Alexandra C.
Kenardy, Justin A.
Cobham, Vanessa E.
Title Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in preschool children
Journal name Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1537-4416
1537-4424
Publication date 2011-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15374416.2011.563474
Volume 40
Issue 3
Start page 375
End page 384
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated the existing diagnostic algorithms for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to determine the most developmentally sensitive and valid approach for diagnosing this disorder in preschoolers. Participants were 130 parents of unintentionally burned children (1-6 years). Diagnostic interviews were conducted with parents to assess for PTSD in their child at 1 and 6 months postinjury and the Child Behavior Checklist for 1.5-5 was also completed. The proposed algorithm for PTSD in preschool children for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) provided the most developmentally sensitive and valid measure of PTSD. The rate of PTSD diagnosis was 25% at 1 month and 10% at 6 months. The predictive utility of Criterion A was not demonstrated. These findings provide support for the inclusion of the proposed algorithm for PTSD in preschool children.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 29 April 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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