Assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder in World War II veterans

Brian E. Engdahl, Raina E. Eberly, Julee D. Blake

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Four posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) scales were compared in a community sample of 330 American former prisoners of war and combat veterans of World War II. The Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related PTSD (M-PTSD), the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Pk PTSD scale, and the Impact of Event Scale (IES) all demonstrated moderate relationships with PTSD as denned by the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R Comparative validities were similar to those observed in Vietnam veteran samples. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the 3 scales loaded significantly on 1 factor. The impact of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.) PTSD criteria changes was examined and found to be minimal Implications for the use of the M-PTSD, Pk, and IES in combat-related PTSD assessment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996


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