Measuring abuse sequelae: Validating and extending the trauma symptom checklist-40

Tess M.S. Neal, Jacklyn E. Nagle

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This study used the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40 (TSC-40) to index both childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and childhood physical abuse (CPA) in a college student sample of both men and women (N = 441). Although the TSC-40 was designed as a measure of CSA trauma, this study concludes the measure is appropriately reliable for indexing the traumatic sequelae of CPA as well as CSA in nonclinical samples. This study also explored the effects of gender and abuse severity on resulting symptomatology, finding that women and severely abused individuals report the most negative sequelae. Both CSA and CPA emerged as significant explanatory variables in TSC-40 scale scores beyond gender, supporting its validity for indexing traumatic sequelae in nonclinical samples. Tess M. S. Neal is now at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Department of Psychology, Worcester State Hospital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-247
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Trauma Symptom Checklist
  • child abuse
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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