We agree with Drs Kaloupek and Newman. Posttraumatic stress disorder is an important disorder to assess. Unfortunately, our instrument, the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) 2.3, did not include a module on PTSD. The DISC-IV PTSD module became available 13 months after our study began; thus, we could assess PTSD in only 898 of our 1829 subjects.
We had considered including PTSD in the article. However, we decided to exclude it for 3 reasons:
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