Trauma Symptom Inventory Case Study

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The Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI), originally published by the Psychological Assessment Resources, in 1995 and created by John Briere Ph. D., is utilized to evaluate acute and chronic posttraumatic symptomology. The materials associated with administering this test include the use of a computer with Windows XP, 7, 8, or 10, must maintain a NTFS file system, CD-ROM drive for installation, internet connection or a telephone in order to activate. One can download all of the other necessary materials from PariConnect, which include the introductory kit, necessary software, professional manuals, scoring sheets, among other reusable booklets. Prices range from $52.00 upwards to $375.00.
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The TSI consists of “100 item questionnaire …show more content…

Taking into consideration that the scales are able to capture a broader range of behavior they are also limited to their data, and may eventually need to be updated. One major weakness is that there is no data that indicated that with treatment the TSI score of a PTSD patient will decrease. Therefore, one cannot be sure if the overall use of the test is helpful or not. Another weakness is the use of validity scales, since answering the questions are based on the participant being honest. In my experience, most individuals are not entirely honest and either underplay or over exaggerate their issues upon the first meeting. As far as uniqueness, I am not entirely sure how unique the TSI is since it is measuring whether or not an individual is symptomatic with regards to trauma. I feel that anyone could the criteria to diagnose PTSD or any other trauma related condition into test form and say it is useful in assisting with diagnosing PTSD. Since the test does not conclusively diagnose PTSD and does not provide with any follow up to support whether treatment decreases symptoms, I feel it is very similar to most test that assist in diagnoses. In my professional opinion, I feel that the test may be useful at times, however, I do not feel that it would be useful in patience that a therapist or psychologist has just met. Trauma is a sensitive subject and most individuals in therapy, as stated prior, are not necessarily willing to open up immediately or have a tendency to embellish their experiences. Therefore, I believe that while the test could assist in a diagnosis that the data may be skewed and the test have to be taken again in monthly intervals, which is not the intended purpose of the test. Lastly, in my professional opinion I would not use the test. I feel that it may be a waste of money and time, to come up with a diagnosis that an

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