Childhood Trauma Questionnaire: A Retrospective Self-Report (CTQ)

Childhood Trauma Questionnaire: A Retrospective Self-Report (CTQ)

Description

Childhood Trauma Questionnaire: A Retrospective Self-Report (CTQ) is a reliable, valid screening for a history of child abuse and neglect

Childhood Trauma Questionnaire: A Retrospective Self-Report (CTQ) is a reliable, valid screening for a history of child abuse and neglect

Author:

David P. Bernstein, Laura Fink

Overview:

Identify adolescent and adult clients with histories of trauma

Age Range:

12 and older

Completion Time:

5 Minutes

Publication Date:

1997

Identify adolescent and adult clients with histories of trauma

Conduct a reliable, valid screening for a history of child abuse and neglect with the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ). In just five minutes, you can administer CTQ to adolescents and adults to identify traumatic childhood conditions.

Effective Clinical Tool
This 28-item self-report is useful with individuals referred for a broad range of psychiatric symptoms and problems, including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions
  • Suicide attempts
  • Personality disorders
  • Sexual problems

Five Scales

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect

The questionnaire also includes a Minimization/Denial scale for detecting individuals who may be underreporting traumatic events.

Valuable Guidelines
Interpretive guidelines are provided to help you identify likely cases of abuse and neglect at three levels of severity: low, moderate, and severe. The CTQ Manual offers advice about the instrument’s clinical uses, including:

  • Formulating treatment plans
  • Conducting child custody investigations
  • Assessing special populations

Validity Studies
CTQ scores can be compared to data from more than 2,200 males and females from seven different clinical and community samples, representing a broad range of ages, socioeconomic status and different racial/ethnic groups.

Highly Reliable

  • Very stable over time
  • Good convergent and divergent validity with trauma histories from other measures
  • Highly sensitive to identifying individuals with verified histories