Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS-Sy) - Lebanon

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The Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS-Sy) is a self-report questionnaire designed to assess the severity of DSM-IV PTSD symptoms in children aged 8-18 years. It was adapted for Syrian children and tested with a Syrian refugee population, aged 8-17 years, living in Lebanon in informal tented settlements.

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Evidence Snapshot

In testing with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, CPSS had good evidence of internal consistency. However, it was difficult to
achieve a good balance between sensitivity and specificity using two different approaches to selecting a cut-off score. If used in a clinical setting, a second stage of screening or assessment would be required to discriminate true from false positives. If used for epidemiological research, further work is required to establish a cut-off that is likely to yield a more accurate prevalence estimate in this context.
1006 Syrian children and caregivers

Measure Snapshot

For what?
About what?
Mental Health
Paper-pencil format
Child, Parent, Enumerator/Data Collector
By what method?
Survey, Observation

Resource Info


Published by

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Institute for Development, Research, Advocacy and Applied Care (IDRAAC), Médecins du Monde (MdM)

Authored by

Fiona S. McEwen, Tania Bosqui, Vanessa Kyrillos, Patricia Moghames, Nicolas Chehade, Cassandra Popham, Paul Bolton, Dahlia Saab, Georges E. Karam, Elie G. Karam, Michael Pluess


Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Social and Emotional Learning

Geographic Focus



Screening, Basic research

Resource Category:

Mental Health