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Pediatric Emotional Distress Scale (PEDS)

 Pediatric Emotional Distress Scale (PEDS)

Saylor, Swenson, Reynolds, & Taylor, 1999

The PEDS is a 21-item parent-report measure designed to screen youths ages 2-10 for emotional distress following a traumatic event. The PEDS can be used as a screening tool (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2012), and to monitor symptom changes over time (Saylor et al., 1999; Swenson, Brown, & Sheidow, 2003). The measure consists of three subscales: Anxious/Withdrawn, Fearful, and Acting Out. Samples items include, “Seems sad and withdrawn,” “Refuses to sleep alone,” and “Has temper tantrums.” All items are rated on a 4-point Likert scale from one (“Almost Never”) to four (“Very Often”). This measure can be administered in approximately ten minutes. The PEDS demonstrates acceptable test-retest reliability over a period of 6-8 weeks (r = .55-.61) and adequate internal consistency (α = .72-.85). The measure demonstrates concurrent validity with the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI; Eyberg & Ross, 1978) and discriminant validity between trauma- and non-trauma exposed youths. This measure can be obtained from (


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