The PEDS-ES produced 85 percent sensitivity and 63 percent specificity for identifying full or partial PTSD, wrote Didier Kramer, M.Sc., a doctoral candidate, and Markus Landholt, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Zurich, in the October Pediatrics. Asking families about preexisting child or family trauma or history of psychiatric problems did not improve the predictive value of the screening, they said.
“The PEDS-ES can be used within a stepped-care model for early identification of preschool-aged children for whom early psychological support should be provided,” concluded the authors.
To read more in Psychiatric News about children and PTSD, see "Study of Trauma Treatment in Children Proves Controversial." Also see the book Care of Children Exposed to the Traumatic Effects of Disaster from American Psychiatric Publishing.
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