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Trauma Symptom Inventory

  1. John Briere,
  2. Monica Hedges

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1010

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Briere, J. and Hedges, M. 2010. Trauma Symptom Inventory. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Southern California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI; Briere, 1995) is the most commonly used self-report measure of posttraumatic symptomatology in adults, as rated by professionals specializing in the study and treatment of trauma-related impacts (Elhai, Gray, Kashdan, & Franklin, 2005). This normed and standardized test is commonly used to assess a range of trauma-related symptoms, including those arising from sexual and physical assault, spousal abuse, combat, war exposure, major accidents, natural disasters, and a history of childhood abuse. Individuals with histories of especially severe, chronic, or multiple traumatic exposures and/or early trauma, particularly those of an interpersonal nature, often report relatively intense symptomatology that may or may not include symptom clusters described by a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that is, flashbacks, numbing, avoidance behaviors, and autonomic hyperarousal. These more complex presentations are associated with a variety of symptoms and behaviors, including dissociation, identity disturbance, self-injury, interpersonal problems, aggression, and sexually dysfunctional behaviors (Briere & Spinazzola, 2005). The TSI was developed to address this wide range of trauma-related impacts.


  • trauma symptom inventory;
  • trauma;
  • assessment