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Usefulness of a DSM Criteria-Based Inventory for Screening for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2012

Benedetto Farina*
Faculty of Psychology, University of Chieti, Italy Association for the Research of Psychopathology of Attachment System, Rome, Italy
Piero Venturi
Association for the Research of Psychopathology of Attachment System, Rome, Italy
Antonio Onofri
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit, S. Spirito Hospital, Rome, Italy
Michele Raja
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit, S. Spirito Hospital, Rome, Italy
Massimo Di Giannantonio
Faculty of Psychology, University of Chieti, Italy
Benedetto Farina, MD, PhD Via Alexander Fleming 110, 00191 Rome, Italy E-mail:


The aim of the study is to evaluate the self-administered Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition criteria-based inventory for the screening of post-traumatic stress disorder. Due to its low sensitivity (57%) and high specificity (88%), it could be useful as a second step of a screening procedure in combination with other validated, self-report instruments. The clinical implications of the findings and the limitations of the study are discussed.

Original Research
Copyright © World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2007

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