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Psychometric Properties of the Posttraumatic Stress Checklist among Young African-American Men and Women
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • Jeffery L. Kibler, Nova Southeastern University
  • Mindy M. Ma, Nova Southeastern University
  • Judith A. Lyons, G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center
  • Katherine M. Dollar, VISN 2 Center for Integrated Healthcare
  • Kamielle Brisco
  • Pamela G. Banks, Jackson State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
3-1-2011
Keywords
  • Posttraumatic Stress,
  • PCL,
  • Assessment,
  • African American,
  • Screen
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
Research has demonstrated the validity and reliability of the Posttraumatic Stress Checklist (PCL) in predominantly Caucasian samples. However, there has not been a study that examined the psychometric properties of the PCL specifically for African Americans. The present paper is an examination of the factor structure, internal stability, reliability, and predictive validity of the PCL among a sample of young African American men and women. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated better support for a two-factor model than for a three-factor model reflecting the three diagnostic symptom clusters of posttraumatic stress disorder. High internal consistency and marginal test–retest reliability were observed. The positive predictive power of the PCL in the present study was far lower than that observed in previous studies; several potential explanations for this finding are discussed.
DOI
10.1037/a0020590
Citation Information
Jeffery L. Kibler, Mindy M. Ma, Judith A. Lyons, Katherine M. Dollar, et al.. "Psychometric Properties of the Posttraumatic Stress Checklist among Young African-American Men and Women" Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy Vol. 3 Iss. 1 (2011) p. 77 - 83 ISSN: 1942-9681
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeffrey-kibler/3/