The validity and diagnostic efficiency of the Davidson Trauma Scale in military veterans who have served since September 11th, 2001.

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Journal Article

The present study examined the psychometric properties and diagnostic efficiency of the Davidson Trauma Scale (DTS), a self-report measure of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Participants included 158 U.S. military veterans who have served since September 11, 2001 (post-9/11). Results support the DTS as a valid self-report measure of PTSD symptoms. The DTS demonstrated good internal consistency, concurrent validity, and convergent and divergent validity. Diagnostic efficiency was excellent when discriminating between veterans with PTSD and veterans with no Axis I diagnosis. However, although satisfactory by conventional standards, efficiency was substantially attenuated when discriminating between PTSD and other Axis I diagnoses. Thus, results illustrate that potency of the DTS as a diagnostic aid was highly dependent on the comparison group used for analyses. Results are discussed in terms of applications to clinical practice and research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McDonald, SD; Beckham, JC; Morey, RA; Calhoun, PS

Published Date

  • March 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 247 - 255

PubMed ID

  • 18783913

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18783913

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7897

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.janxdis.2008.07.007

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands