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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The title of the article selected is “The Clinician-Administered PSTD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5): Development and Initial Psychometric Evaluation in Military Veterans“, and talks about a posttraumatic stress disorder called DSM-5. The study discusses the development of CAPS for DSM-5. Accordingly, the authors give the outcomes of an initial psychometric evaluation of CPS-5 scores in 2 samples of military veterans (Ns = 165 and 207).

The first hypothesis of the paper was that CAPS-5 scores would present high internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, and test-retest reliability. Another hypothesis was that CAPS-5 and CAPS-IV scores would show the same pattern of associations with measures of PTSD and other constructs. In the third hypothesis, based on PTSD diagnosis, there would be moderate to strong correspondence between CAPS-F using SEV2 and the CAPS-IV using F1/12. All the hypotheses were supported. The participants were veterans selected from a VA healthcare system. They were categorized into two: the first category had 167 individuals while the second one had 207 people. During the research, a qualitative research method: Trauma Questionnaires and interviews were employed as the main data collection methods.

The study had some limitations, and the first one was that the study subjects were military veterans selected from a single geographical area, and many were men. As such, it was not clear how accurate the findings generalize to nonveterans and females. Also, the sample sizes were modest, especially for the comparison between CAPS-5 and CAPS-IV in the first phase.

The study gave undisputed evidence that the CAPS-5 is a psychometrically sound measure of DSM-5 PTSD diagnostic status and severity of the symptom. Furthermore, the streamlined format of CAPS-5 facilitates administration and scoring and makes it simple to learn than CAPS-IV.

Reference

Weathers, F. W., Bovin, M. J., Lee, D. J., Sloan, D. M., Schnurr, P. P., Kaloupek, D. G., Keane, T. M., & Marx, B. P. (2018). The clinician-administered PTSD scale for DSM–5 (CAPS-5): Development and initial psychometric evaluation in military veterans. Psychological Assessment, 30(3), 383-395. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000486

Fleming, C., Hollowell, C., Pokorny, V., Keacher, L., Davenport, N. (2018). Comparing Depressive Symptom Assessment Approaches in the Context of PSTD. https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.33051.77604

Lang, A. J., Wilkins, K., Roy-Byrne, P. P., Golinelli, D., Chavira, D., Sherbourne, C., … & Stein, M. B. (2012). Abbreviated PTSD Checklist (PCL) as a guide to clinical response. General hospital psychiatry34(4), 332-338. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.genhosppsych.2012.02.003

Forbes, D., Creamer, M., & Biddle, D. (2001). The validity of the PTSD checklist as a measure of symptomatic change in combat-related PTSD. Behaviour research and therapy39(8), 977-986. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0005-7967(00)00084-x

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