Berent, R., Crusto, C., Lotyczewski, B., Greenberg, S., Hightower, A., & Kaufman, J. (2008, December). Development and psychometric refinement of a measure assessing young children’s exposure to violence: Parent report of children’s experiences. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 4(1), 19-30. Retrieved June 10, 2009, from PsycINFO database.

The purpose of this article is to present a new brief measure for efficiently and effectively identifying children who have been exposed to violence. The tool was derived from an epidemiological survey of children’s experiences completed by parents and was designed to be practical and nonthreatening. The instrument was completed by the parents of 215 children ages six years old and younger. Psychometric evidence indicates satisfactory internal reliability (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.82), and the measure also yields consistent results over time. In addition, it relates appropriately and as expected to another measure of violence and trauma exposure, which indicates validity. While the new measure is still under development, it has implications for use by service providers of young children and their families. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)