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NDACAN Measure Details

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children- Alternate Version


Designed to assess the effects of childhood trauma through the child’s self-report. The 54-item Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC) consists of two validity scales (Underresponse and Hyperresponse), six clinical scales (Anxiety, Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Dissociation, Anger, and Sexual Concerns) and 8 critical items. The measure is written at a level appropriate for the language and reading capabilities of children 8-16 years of age. The TSCC-Alternate Version (TSCC-A) is a shortened version of the TSCC, which excludes the 10 items that comprise the Sexual Concerns scale and one critical item relating to sexual issues. The TSCC-A addresses human subjects concerns that children might be upset by reference to sexual issues. It is recommended that the TSCC be used in clinical and forensic settings where sexual victimization is more likely to be found, and the TSCC-A be used in school settings (Briere 1996). The TSCC is the children’s version of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for adults.


Briere, J. (1996). Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children: Professional Manual. Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. Retrieved from: