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Name of Media:

The Development of a Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale


Dudley David KaloupeIq Fred D. Gusman,' Dennis S. Charney," and Terence M.

Publisher or Source:

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians, General Medical Professionals, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United States

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

COVID-19 Related:



Several interviews are available for assessing PTSD. These interviews vary in
merit when compared on stringent psychometric and utility standards. Of all
the interviews, the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (UPS-1) appears to
satisfy these standards most uniformly. The CAPS-1 is a structured interview
for assessing core and associated symptoms of PTSD. It assesses the frequency
and intensity of each symptom using standard prompt questions and explicit,
behaviorally-anchored rating scales. The CAPS-1 yields both continuous and
dichotomous scores for current and lifetime PTSD symptoms. Intended for use
by experienced clinicians, it also can be administered by appropriately trained
paraprofessionals. Data from a large scale psychometric study of the CAPS-1
have provided impressive evidence of its reliability and validity as a PTSD

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