Below you will find a list of freely accessible instruments for the assessment of PTSD symptoms, post-traumatic cognitions, traumatic events and trauma memory (hyperlink or PDF are included). This site is constantly being updated.


PTSD symptoms

The CATS questionnaire is a short, freely accessible screening instrument directly based on the DSM-5 criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is a measure of potentially traumatic events and of posttraumatic stress symptoms. A self- and caregiver-report version is available.

CATS caregegiver 3-6 (EN version)

Further versions in German, Norwegian, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Paschtu, and Tigrinya as well as scoring instructions can be found on the website of the Ulmer Onlineklinik.

© Berliner & Goldbeck, 2014

The Cries-8 is a widely used screening tool to assess risk for post traumatic stress symptoms in children and adolescents aged 8 and above. In comprises 4 intrusion and 4 avoidance symptoms. The CRIES-8 performs equally as well as the Cries-13 and is therefore recommended as the preferential instrument.

CRIES-8 with instructions (EN version)

The Cries-8 is available in 28 languages, which can be freely accessed on the website of the Child & War Foundation.

© Children and War Foundation, 1998

The ITQ is an instrument for assessing the core symptoms of PTSD and complex PTSD (CPTSD). The questionnaire is based on the criteria of the ICD-11 and is suitable for children and adolescents from the age of 16 years.

ITQ + Scoring Englisch Version

The ITQ is available in several languages. The different versions can be found on the website of The International Trauma Consortium.

© Cloitre et al., 2018