Construct validity of the posttraumatic stress disorder checklist in cancer survivors: Analyses based on two samples

Katherine N. DuHamel, Teresa Ashman, Terence M. Keane, Suzanne M.J. Vickberg, Eileen Scigliano, Jamie Ostroff, Gary Winkel, Elizabeth A. Mundy, Benjamin J. Morasco, Karen Hurley, Jack Burkhalter, Rosy Chhabra, Esperanza Papadopoulos, Craig Moskowitz, William Redd

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Abstract

The measurement of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is critically important for the identification and treatment of this disorder. The PTSD Checklist (PCL; F. W. Weathers & J. Ford, 1996) is a self-report measure that is increasingly used. In this study, the authors investigated the factorial validity of the PCL with data from 236 cancer survivors who received a bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. The authors examined the fit of these data with the clinical model of 3 symptom clusters for PTSD, as proposed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.; American Psychiatric Association, 1994), and alternative models tested in prior research. By using confirmatory factor analysis the authors found that a 4-first-order-factor model of PTSD provided the best fit. The relations of PTSD symptoms with sociodemographic and medical variables were also explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-266
Number of pages12
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    DuHamel, K. N., Ashman, T., Keane, T. M., Vickberg, S. M. J., Scigliano, E., Ostroff, J., Winkel, G., Mundy, E. A., Morasco, B. J., Hurley, K., Burkhalter, J., Chhabra, R., Papadopoulos, E., Moskowitz, C., & Redd, W. (2004). Construct validity of the posttraumatic stress disorder checklist in cancer survivors: Analyses based on two samples. Psychological Assessment, 16(3), 255-266. https://doi.org/10.1037/1040-3590.16.3.255