Title

Measurement Equivalence of the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40 for Chemically-dependent African American and Caucasian Women: A Preliminary Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma

ISSN

1092-6771

Volume

19

Issue

8

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

The Trauma Symptom Checklist-40 (TSC-40) is a brief self-report measure of trauma-related symptoms. Using a confirmatory factor analysis framework, this preliminary study examined whether the TSC-40 provided a good fit for 50 African American and 52 Caucasian economically and educationally disadvantaged women enrolled in a residential treatment program. A 5-factor structure of the TSC-40 appeared to be more applicable for our sample than the original 6-factor model. This 5-factor model includes negative mood, interpersonal problems, sleep disturbance, dissociative-like symptoms, and sexual problems. Equivalent factor structure and factor loadings emerged for the two ethnic and racial groups. Implications pertaining to trauma assessment are discussed.

Publication Information

Ghee, A. C., Johnson, C. S., & Burlew, A. K. (2009). Measurement equivalence of the Trauma Symptom Checklist-40 for chemically-dependent African American and Caucasian women: A preliminary study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 19(8).