Screening and assessment of crime victimisation and its effects

Author(s)Hanson, Rochelle F., and Shannon Self-Brown
Title Screening and assessment of crime victimisation and its effects
Source Journal of Traumatic Stress, Vol 23, No 2, April 2010, pp207-214
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Summary This article reviews measures and tools designed to screen for crime victimisation history and measures for assessing crime-related mental health consequences, in particular PTSD. Routine screening for crime victimisation history and related symptoms in general health care settings may help to identify those in need of further intervention and facilitate appropriate referrals. It is suggested that brief self-report trauma questionnaires provide the best option to identify crime victims across a variety of settings and can determine who may need more in-depth assessment. Although there have been major developments regarding reliable and valid measures for assessing trauma history and related symptoms there are no existing measures, with the exception of screening for intimate partner violence, that measure crime specifically. The authors briefly consider the advantages of using Web-based surveys, including the research suggesting individuals may disclose more sensitive information during a computer-based assessment compared to face-to-face. The article concludes that the final selection of measures should depend on the purpose and use of the assessment findings and the assessment should be conducted in a sensitive, empathetic way.
Keywords Victimisation assessment; screening; PTSD; questionnaires
Topic Psychological effects and treatment