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A validation of the PCL-5 questionnaire for PTSD in Primary and Secondary Care

A validation of the PCL-5 questionnaire for PTSD in Primary and Secondary Care
A validation of the PCL-5 questionnaire for PTSD in Primary and Secondary Care
Objective: This paper explored the factor structure of the PCL-5 within a sample of UK primary and secondary care mental health service users. Much of the previous investigations into the PCL-5 have been conducted on military or emergency service personnel, therefore it is important to understand the validity of this tool within a broader sample. In addition to this concerns have been raised over the statistical validity of much of the previous research.
Method: An exploratory factor analysis was used to determine the factor structure of the PCL-5 within this population.
Results: The results of this study suggest that several items of the PCL-5 should be removed, and this presents a 3-factor structure whereby the factors are Anhedonia, Intrusion and Negative alterations in Mood and Cognition.
Conclusions: This challenges much of the previous literature which suggested 4, 6 and 7 factor models. The implications of this are discussed in detail in this paper.
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Ferrie, Olivia
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Richardson, Thomas
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Smart, Tanya
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Richardson, Thomas
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Smart, Tanya
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Ferrie, Olivia, Richardson, Thomas, Smart, Tanya and Ellis-Nee, Colm (2022) A validation of the PCL-5 questionnaire for PTSD in Primary and Secondary Care. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. (In Press)

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Objective: This paper explored the factor structure of the PCL-5 within a sample of UK primary and secondary care mental health service users. Much of the previous investigations into the PCL-5 have been conducted on military or emergency service personnel, therefore it is important to understand the validity of this tool within a broader sample. In addition to this concerns have been raised over the statistical validity of much of the previous research.
Method: An exploratory factor analysis was used to determine the factor structure of the PCL-5 within this population.
Results: The results of this study suggest that several items of the PCL-5 should be removed, and this presents a 3-factor structure whereby the factors are Anhedonia, Intrusion and Negative alterations in Mood and Cognition.
Conclusions: This challenges much of the previous literature which suggested 4, 6 and 7 factor models. The implications of this are discussed in detail in this paper.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 July 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 467444
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/467444
ISSN: 1942-969X
PURE UUID: 7e1e4cb1-4fc9-4306-a572-9df17bf42f8c
ORCID for Thomas Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5357-4281

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Date deposited: 08 Jul 2022 16:40
Last modified: 12 Aug 2022 01:59

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Author: Olivia Ferrie
Author: Tanya Smart
Author: Colm Ellis-Nee

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