Assessing the Effects of Trauma in Children and Adolescents in Practice Settings

Cassandra Kisiel*, Lisa Conradi, Tracy Fehrenbach, Elizabeth Torgersen, Ernestine C. Briggs

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Assessment is a critical part of understanding and addressing the needs of children and adolescents exposed to trauma. A comprehensive approach to assessment that measures a range of traumatic exposures and domains of impact and uses multiple informants and techniques over time is needed to best capture the complexity of needs and presentations of traumatized youth. This approach provides a pathway to effective treatment planning. The purpose of this article is to offer a comprehensive overview of the assessment of childhood trauma, with a focus on specific tools and techniques, and the use of assessment information in practice settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-242
Number of pages20
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Adolescent
  • Children
  • Measures
  • Trauma assessment
  • Traumatic stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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