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Letters to the Editor
August 2003

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Criminally Involved Youth—Reply

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003;60(8):849-850. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.60.8.849-a

In reply

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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