Assessment of trauma and its consequences

Theme leader: Miranda Olff

Traumatic experiences and the potential mental health impact may differ around the world.

To assess them we need instruments that are culturally sensitive and available in local languages. 

In this theme we are looking for researchers and clinicians with expertise in this area.  

Please contact us ( if you are working in this area and would like to contribute.


1.   GPS:  The development of a short screener of the wide range of potential consequences of trauma: Global Psychotrauma Screen (GPS).

The Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress recognized there was no instrument available for screening of the wide range of potential outcomes of trauma for trauma survivors around the world in different cultures.  This resulted in the development of the Global Psychotrauma Screen (GPS).  Find out more here.

2.   CARTS: A novel online survey methodology: Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS).

The group focused on the validation of the Computerized Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS), a self-report measure designed to measure occurrences of childhood maltreatment, and its translation into multiple languages. Find out more or fill it in yourself: here.

3. Assessment of trauma and its consequences in old age

The global population is growing older and ageism takes place. Older adults and people with dementia may have a different symptom presentation of PTSD compared to adults. The Global Collaboration of Traumatic Stress is therefore

a)  establishing a worldwide network of researchers in the field of traumatic stress, older adults and cognition (ON TRACK).

b) Looking into Trauma and Dementia (TRADE) e.g. developing an instrument to assess PTSD in oder adults with dementia.

Find out more here.

4. G-Stress: Assessment – Translation and validation of measures of trauma and traumatic distress in accordance with ICD-11 guidelines.

The ICD-11 will come into effect for all United Nations member states on January 1st, 2022. The ICD-11 includes updated conceptualizations of trauma exposure and trauma-based disorders including Adjustment Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Prolonged Grief Disorder (find information here). Members of the ICD-11 Working Group for Disorders Specifically Associated with Stress have developed self-report measures of all of these disorders that are freely available. All measures can be accessed here ).