PTSD and Suicide Screener pss

For: Quickly screen for PTSD and suicide risk
Reading Level: 18 to 99 years
Format: Paper & pencil; Online administration
Length: 1-5 minutes to complete; 5 minutes to score
Scoring: Handscored; Online scoring & reporting


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PSS online Score Report (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. Score reports provide scores and profiles based on response data from an i-Admin or a paper-and-pencil assessment.
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PSS online i-Admin (each) min order 5

For use in PARiConnect online account. Minimum order 5. i-Admins provide on-screen test administration, either in your office or remotely. Reports are purchased separately.
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PSS Professional Manual – sale item

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PSS Introductory Kit

Kit includes PSS Professional Manual and 25 Answer Sheets.
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PSS Answer Sheets (pack of 25) – sale item

Pack of 25 answer sheets.
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John Briere, PhD


Derived from the Detailed Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress (DAPS), the PSS is designed to quickly screen individuals for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide risk.

Features and Benefits

The one-page self-report form consists of only 14 items, requiring just a few minutes to administer and score.

The PSS is helpful in determining PTSD and suicide risk for individuals exposed to a variety of traumas, including childhood abuse, adult sexual or physical assaults, disasters, motor vehicle accidents, shootings and stabbings, burns, life-threatening illnesses, invasive medical procedures, and events associated with military deployment.

Test Structure

The PSS consists of two scales: PTSD Risk (PR) and Suicide Risk (SR). The PR scale consists of eight items from the DAPS that, together, tap into aspects of all PTSD symptom clusters in both the DSM-IV-TR and the DSM-5 and best predict PTSD status. The SR scale consists of four items from the DAPS Suicidality scale that best index suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

The PSS generates risk indices based on empirically derived cutoff scores.

Technical information

Samples included a stratified, random normative sample of 446 trauma-exposed individuals from the general population and a clinical sample of 69 trauma-exposed individuals.

The PSS has good sensitivity and specificity for a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of PTSD.
Reliability analyses indicated that both PR and SR scales are internally consistent, with alpha coefficients of .87 and .91, respectively.

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