There are very few questionnaires in German-speaking countries that assess traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescence. While the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV assesses traumatization during childhood and adolescence by means of binary items, the Early Trauma Inventory (ETI; Bremner, Vermetten, & Mazure, 2000) allows for the measurement of a broad range of traumatic experiences. The ETI is a clinical, semistructured interview for the assessment of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as for the assessment of general traumatization during childhood and adolescence. The present study investigated the psychometric properties of a German translation of the ETI. 230 subjects, including 114 individuals with psychiatric disorders, completed the interview. All scales demonstrated a sound reliability. High to moderate correlations between the ETI and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) and moderate correlations between the ETI and further constructs such as depression also indicate the validity of the ETI. In sum, results show satisfactory psychometric properties in the German version of the ETI.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology