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Test Items for PTSD

What type of test items or questions can be developed for PTSD? What questions can be used? Please help me understand test items to evaulate test scores.

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Dear student,

Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. From what I can gather in this question set, you are asking for assistance in putting together a psychometric test to measure PTSD, am I correct? It is the scores from these tests that you will use to determine if the patient is suffering from the disorder, correct? I suggest developing a simple test that has a specific purpose - for example, an initial assessment. In putting together an answer for a problem like this, it is important to have a simple outline to use. I suggest:

1. Introduction - including info on PTSD
2. Important information in developing such a test
3. Purpose of your sample test - indicate target population as well
4. Sample items (provide 10)
5. How to assess/evaluate

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Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones

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Introduction

How does one come about developing a PTSD evaluation test? PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety disorder that affects individuals who have been exposed to events that have led to psychological trauma. It can be the threat of death to the individual or to someone else or severe threat against one's psychological, physical and emotional well-being whereby the individual has felt the overwhelming feeling of helplessness, that he or she is going to not survive, and is unable to cope. Women who have been subjected to extreme sexual violence and abuse, soldiers suffering from the ordeal of the battlefield and survivors of a tragic event (i.e. a terrorist attack, a car accident) are among the many who suffer from debilitating PTSD. PTSD is a psychological trauma that endures and renders the individual unable to function due to flashbacks that bring back the emotions and feelings from the original event, leading them to re-experience it over and over again in flashbacks and nightmares. Those that suffer from it are hyper vigilant and averse to stimuli that recall the experience. It is not immediately felt or immanent and behaviors and conditions develop sometime after, from months to even years. People who suffer do not have an inkling unless they are aware of PTSD and its symptoms.

Information on detection and assessments

In order for people to be officially ...

Solution Summary

The expert determines what type of test items or questions can be developed for PTSD. An evaluation of test scores is provided.

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