PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5)

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) is a 20-item self-report measure of the twenty DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD in adult populations (ages 18+). It is designed for use with people who have experienced traumatic events. 


Weathers, F.W., Litz, B.T., Keane, T.M., Palmieri, P.A., Marx, B.P., & Schnurr, P.P. (2013).The PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5). Scale available from the National Center for PTSD at


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