The Trauma and Behavioral Health Screen assesses four clinical subscales: PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), INT (internalizing behavior), and EXT (externalizing behavior). The TBH emphasizes the assessment of PTSD, since it is the core psychological issue for traumatized children. However, the screen also covers co-morbid problems, such as internalizing behavior, externalizing behavior, and ADHD.
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a disorder associated with exposure to a traumatic (life-threatening) experience. PTSD symptoms are divided into four clusters: re-experiencing, avoidance, altered cognitions, and increased arousal symptoms.
ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
Internalizing behaviors are a broad class of behaviors in which children direct feelings and emotions inward
(ex. depression and anxiety.)
Externalizing behaviors are maladaptive behavior problems in which children act negatively towards their external environment. (ex. conduct disorder, disruptive behavior, oppositional defiant disorder)
PTSD is extremely prevalent in the LA child welfare population. Depending on the age group, 7% to 37% of this demographic are likely to have PTSD.
Caregivers and children tend to endorse different symptoms—emphasizing the necessity to complete two different screens.
Internalizing and externalizing problems also appear in this population more than in the general population.
It is important for the well-being of youths to screen for and identify PTSD so that they can get timely treatment.
Use the Trauma and Behavioral Health (TBH) screen to assess for PTSD in children.
Use our directory to find clinicians trained in Youth PTSD Treatment.
Enroll in our online PTSD training course. If you are a licensed clinician, you may be eligible to receive CEUs.