Psychometric properties of the children's revised impact of events scale (CRIES) with Bangladeshi children and adolescents

Farah Deeba, Ronald M. Rapee*, Tania Prvan

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Identification of possible cases suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is important, especially in developing countries where traumatic events are typically prevalent. The Children's Revised Impact of Events Scale is a reliable and valid measure that has two brief versions (13 items and 8 items) to assess reactions to traumatic events among young people. The current study evaluated the psychometric properties of both versions of the CRIES in a sample of 1,342 children and adolescents aged 9-17 years (M = 12.3 years, SD = 2.12) recruited from six districts of Bangladesh. A sub-group of 120 children fromfour schools was re-tested on the measures within 3.5 weeks. Confirmatory factor analysis supported factor structures similar to those found in other studies for both versions of the CRIES. Multiple group confirmatory factor analysis showed gender and age-group differences within the sample, supporting established age and gender differences in prevalence of PTSD symptoms. Analyses also indicated moderate to excellent internal consistency and test-retest reliability and clear discriminant and convergent validity. These data support use of both the CRIES-13 and CRIES-8 to provide quick and psychometrically sound assessment of symptoms of PTSD among children and adolescents from Bangla-speaking communities.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere536
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Adolescents
  • Assessment
  • Bangla
  • Bangladesh
  • Children
  • PTSD
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Trauma


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