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Volume 45 Number 3, 2008
   Pages 465 — 474

Abstract - Psychometric properties of PTSD Checklist in sample of male veterans

Stefanie M. Keen, PhD;1-2 Catherine J. Kutter, PhD;1 Barbara L. Niles, PhD;1-2* Karen E. Krinsley, PhD1-2

1National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Department of Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System,
Boston, MA; 2Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Abstract — The psychometric properties of the PTSD Checklist (PCL) were investigated in a sample of treatment-seeking and community-dwelling male veterans. In conjunction with previous reports, results from the present study indicate that the PCL possesses strong, robust psychometric properties. The current investigation suggests a cutoff score of 60-higher than previous investigations-related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis derived from the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale. This research supports the use of the PCL as a brief self-report measure of PTSD symptomatology.

Key words: Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale, Combat Exposure Scale, Evaluation of Lifetime Stressors, mental health symtomatology, PCL, potentially traumatic event, psychometric validation, PTSD, rehabilitation, self-report measure, veterans.

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