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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2013 Aug;63(8):318-26. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1327752. Epub 2013 Feb 4.

[Towards 'complex PTSD': German translation of the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI) for the assessment of complex trauma Sequelae].

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  • 1Psychopathologie und Klinische Intervention, Psychologisches Institut, Zürich, Schweiz.


This study tested the German translation of the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI) by Briere [1]. The TSI aims at assessing complex posttraumatic symptoms. TSI was part of a large test battery, among which the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, Short Screening Scale, Short Form Health Survey, Geriatric Depression Scale and Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview were part of. A sample of N=116 elderly people (range of age: 59-98 years; 40.5% women) with childhood traumatization were studied. The German version of the TSI presents with adequate internal consistency, mainly good discriminability and facility indices, and good criterion and construct validity. With reference to factorial validity, a European validation model [2] replicated the data more accurate than the original American model. TSI proved to be a reliable, economic and--to some extent--valid instrument for the assessment of complex posttraumatic stress symptoms.

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