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July 15, 2016 | Report

Assessment Tools for Children's Exposure to Violence


Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH

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This document provides an update of a review of assessment tools for children’s exposure to violence that was completed in 2011. The methodology for the update, covering the years 2011-2015, is described below. The original methodology for the baseline review is described in Appendix A. The purpose of the baseline review was to identify tools that could be used in pediatric and other child-serving settings to assess children’s exposure to violence. Tools to assess for complex trauma, PTSD, and related symptoms were beyond the scope of the review, as were specialized tools for in-depth assessment of one type of exposure such as sexual abuse. Our primary interest was assessment tools that had been validated and have some level of evidence to support their use with children.