Convergent validity of three posttraumatic symptoms inventories among adult sexual abuse survivors

Authors

  • Jeffrey W. Gold,

    1. Assistant Director of Clinical Services, The Key Program, Springfield, Massachusetts
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  • Etzel Cardeña

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
    • Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
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Abstract

We examined the convergent validity of three posttraumatic symptoms inventories, the civilian version of the Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related PTSD (CM-PTSD), the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40 (TSC-40), and the Response to Childhood Incest Questionnaire (RCIQ), in a sample of 52 adult sexual abuse survivors. The significant and moderate to strong correlations (r = .6 or higher) among these inventories supported their convergent validity. Comparison with other studies also suggests that these instruments can adequately discriminate clinical from nonclinical populations.

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