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“CRIES is reliable”

16 April, 2010

A Chinese study has concluded that the Children’s Impact of Event Scale (CRIES) appeared to be a reliable and a valid measure of diagnosing PTSD-symptoms.

The Chinese CRIES 13-version seemed “to be a useful self-rating diagnostic tool for survivors with PTSD symptoms”, the study concludes.

Several researchers at the Mental Health Center at Sichuan University has undertaken the study which explored the reliability and validity of CRIES-13. A total of 253 children who experienced the Wenchuan earthwquake participated in the study.

The study showed a consistency, and that there wasn’t a significant difference between the screening of CRIES-13 score and the clinical diagnosis.

Read more about the study: Zhao GF, Zhang Q, Pang Y, Ren ZJ, Peng D, Jiang GG, Liu SM, Chen Y, Geng T, Zhang SS, Yang YC, Deng H. Application of the Children’s Impact of Event Scale (Chinese Version) on a rapid assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder among children from the Wenchuan earthquake areaReli. Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi 2009┬áNov; 30(11): 1160-4.