Because exposure to traumatic events (e.g., child abuse, peer assaults, community violence) is an unfortunate part of many children’s lives, psychological tests for trauma effects have become an important part of the child-focused assessment battery. Eight years in the making, and tested by clinicians and researchers throughout North America, the TSCYC is a 90-item caretaker-report instrument, with separate norms for males and females in three age groups: 3-4 years, 5-9 years, and 10-12 years. Caretakers rate each symptom on a 4-point scale according to how often the symptom has occurred in the previous month. Unlike most other caretaker-report measures, the TSCYC contains
specific scales to ascertain the validity of caretaker reports (Response Level and Atypical Response), as well as providing norm-referenced data on the number of waking hours the caretaker spends with the child in the average week (0-1 hours to Over 60 hours).