Synthesis of the psychometric properties of the PTSD checklist (PCL) military, civilian, and specific versions
Version of Record online: 16 JUN 2011
© 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Depression and Anxiety
Volume 28, Issue 7, pages 596–606, July 2011
How to Cite
Wilkins, K. C., Lang, A. J. and Norman, S. B. (2011), Synthesis of the psychometric properties of the PTSD checklist (PCL) military, civilian, and specific versions. Depress. Anxiety, 28: 596–606. doi: 10.1002/da.20837
- Issue online: 27 JUN 2011
- Version of Record online: 16 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 27 APR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 23 FEB 2011
- NIAAA T32. Grant Number: AA013525-08
- NIAAA F31. Grant Number: AA 18909-01A1
- NIAAA K23. Grant Number: AA015707
- San Diego VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH).
- PTSD checklist;
The posttraumatic stress disorder checklist is a commonly used measure, with military (PCL-M), civilian (PCL-C), and specific trauma (PCL-S) versions. This synthesis of the psychometric properties of all three versions found the PCL to be a well-validated measure. The PCL shows good temporal stability, internal consistency, test–retest reliability, and convergent validity. The majority of structural validity studies support four factor models. Little is available on discriminant validity and sensitivity to change. Strengths, limitations, and future research directions are discussed. Understanding the PCL's psychometric properties, strengths (e.g., items map on to DSM-IV diagnostic criteria), and limitations (e.g., may overestimate PTSD prevalence) will help clinicians and researchers make educated decisions regarding the appropriate use of this measure in their particular setting. Depression and Anxiety, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.