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Title: Portuguese version of the PTSD Checklist-Military Version (PCL-M) - II: diagnostic utility.
Authors: Carvalho, Teresa 
Pinto-Gouveia, José 
Cunha, Marina 
Duarte, Joana 
Keywords: Posttraumatic stress disorder; diagnosis and classification; military psychiatry; tests/ interviews; psychometric, statistics
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/FARH/SFRH/BD/68452/2010/PT/IMPACTO PSICOLÓGICO DA GUERRA COLONIAL PORTUGUESA NOS SEUS COMBATENTES 
Serial title, monograph or event: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Volume: 37
Place of publication or event: Rio de Janeiro
Abstract: Objective: War veterans are at high risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the development of brief self-report instruments that enable screening for PTSD in this population is crucial. The PTSD Checklist-Military Version (PCL-M) is widely used for this purpose. This study sought to explore the diagnostic utility of the Portuguese version of the PCL-M. Methods: The participants were 86 Portuguese Colonial War veterans (42 with a PTSD diagnosis and 44 without PTSD). Participants completed a self-report instrument designed to collect sociodemographic data, the PCL-M, and the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS). Results: The area under the receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve showed excellent discriminant ability between subjects with and without PTSD (AUC = 0.94). To achieve a positive PTSD diagnosis, an optimal cutoff point of 49 for the PCL-M total score and cutoff points for each of its 17 items are recommended. Conclusions: This work is a relevant contribution for research and clinical practice in the vast population of Portuguese Colonial War veterans. Use of the PCL-M as a screening tool for PTSD symptoms will allow easier, resource-aware targeting of subjects with a potential PTSD diagnosis, adding to the improvement of public health in Portugal.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/46880
ISSN: 1809-452X
1516-4446
DOI: 10.1590/S1516-44462011000100002
Rights: openAccess
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