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Table 1 Items from the UCLA-RI-5 that corresponded to the PC-PTSD-5, as rated by expert clinicians

From: Development and pilot testing of a five item traumatic stress screener for use with adolescents in pediatric primary care

PC-PTSD-5 Items UCLA-RI-5 Items Expert Consensus
1.Have had nightmares about it or thought about it when you did not want to? a. I have had bad dreams about what happened or other bad dreams. a. This item discriminates between PTSD and other mental disorders and should be retained.
b. I have upsetting thoughts, pictures or sounds of what happened come into my mind when I don't want them to. b. This item discriminates between PTSD and other mental disorders and should be retained.
2.Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it? a. I try to stay away from people, places, or things that remind about what happened. a. Physical avoidance may not always be possible, particularly for youth who are still living in the environment or context in which the trauma occurred.
b. I try not to think about or have feelings about what happened. b. This item discriminates between PTSD and other mental disorders and should be retained.
3.Were constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled? a. I am on the lookout for danger or things that I am afraid of. a. This may be a reasonable response for adolescents living in dangerous or unstable environments.
b. I feel jumpy or startle easily, like when I hear a loud noise or when something surprises me. b. This item discriminates between PTSD and other mental disorders and should be retained.
4.Felt numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings? a.I don't feel like doing things with my family or friends or other things that I liked to do. a. This symptom does not discriminate well between PTSD and other mental disorders.
b. I feel alone even when I am around other people. b. This symptom does not discriminate well between PTSD and other mental disorders.
5.Felt guilty or unable to stop blaming yourself or others for the event(s) or any other problems the event(s) may have caused? a. I have thoughts like I am bad. a. This symptom does not discriminate well between PTSD and other mental disorders.
b. I am mad with someone for making the bad thing happen, not doing more to stop it, or to help after. b. Discriminates between PTSD and other mental disorders but can be combined with #5c below.
c. I feel that part of what happened was my fault. c. Discriminates between PTSD and other mental disorders but can be combined with #5b above.
  1. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for Children/Adolescents for DSM-5 (UCLA-RI-5); Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5).