Development and Validation of a PTSD-Related Impairment Scale
Annual rept. 1 Jun 2011-31 May 2012
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER BOSTON MA
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Our goal is to design and validate an inventory to assess multiple dimensions of PTSD-related functional impairment experienced by active duty service members and veterans . A series of focus groups and individual assessments using interviews and self-report questionnaires were used to understand the multiple domains of functional impairment. Utilizing this information, the 80- item Inventory of Psychosocial Functioning IPF was developed, as well as a brief 14-item version. The psychometric properties of these inventories are being tested in Phase 3. Data collection for Phase 3 is near completion. By creating and validating an inventory to assess PTSD- related functional impairment we hope to offer a useful tool for clinicians, researchers and military leaders. This measure will have enormous value in identifying individuals with significant levels of impairments across multiple domains and for promoting more efficient allocation of resources.
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