Darryl, a Cartoon-Based Measure of Cardinal Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in School-Age Children

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Abstract

Objectives

This report examines the reliability and validity of Darryl, a cartoon-based measure of the cardinal symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Methods

We measured exposure to community violence through the reports of children and their parents and then administered Darryl to a sample of 110 children aged 7 to 9 residing in urban neighborhoods with high crime rates.

Results

Darryl's reliability is excellent overall and is acceptable for the reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal subscales, considered separately. Child reports of exposure to community violence were significantly associated with child reports of PTSD symptoms.

Conclusions

Darryl possesses acceptable psychometric properties in a sample of children with frequent exposure to community violence. (Am J Public Health. 1999;89:758-761)

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