Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Posttraumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale (PDS)


Barriers Identified
Mental Health - specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Number and Types of Questions
Forty-nine 'yes' or 'no' and scaled questions

Target Population
Individuals ages 18 through 65 with at least an 8th grade reading level

Methodological Information
Subjects were recruited for the normative sample from a number of treatment and research centers that have a high frequency of PTSD among their patient populations. A total of 248 valid tests were collected.11

The PDS is a 49 item paper and pencil instrument that can be administered in 10-15 minutes by someone with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, education, human relations, or a closely related field and courses in the use of psychological assessment instruments (graduate or undergraduate) or participation in an NCS approved workshop. The structure and content of the PDS assessment mirrors the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for PTSD. The PDS can be used by psychologists, social workers and counselors to help 1) screen for the presence of PTSD in large groups with people who have identified themselves as victims of a traumatic event, and 2) gauge symptom severity and functioning in patients already identified as suffering from PTSD.

$51.00 for PDS manual, 10 answer sheets, 10 scoring worksheets, and 1 scoring sheet; $120.00 for reorder kit with 50 answer sheets, 50
scoring worksheets, and 1 scoring sheet

Source or Publisher
NCS Federal Government Sales Organization & Services Division
4301 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203-4196

State(s) Believed to be Using
New Jersey

11  Foa, Edna B. PDSTM (Posttraumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale). 1996.

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