Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children Screening Checklist
Some children experience or witness sudden, frightening traumatic events. Examples of such events are natural disasters, child abuse, community violence (seeing someone shot) and the events of September 11th. These events may involve actual or threatened death or serious injury to themselves or someone they know. Although many children show signs of stress in the first few weeks after a trauma, most will return to their usual state of physical and emotional health. Children who experience intense fear, helplessness, or horror during the trauma, are susceptible to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The following questions are provided to help parents and adult caregivers understand posttraumatic stress disorder in children and teens
Please answer yes or no to the following questions:
1. Has your child been through a scary event in which his or her life was in danger or in danger of getting seriously hurt?  
2. Has your child been through a scary event in which someone else was in danger of getting hurt or dying?