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Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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LOBO, Beatriz de Oliveira Meneguelo et al. Translation and adaptation of the Child Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (cPTCI) to Brazilian Portuguese. Trends Psychiatry Psychother. [online]. 2014, vol.36, n.2, pp.107-112. ISSN 2237-6089.


Experiencing a traumatic event is a risk factor for the development of mental illness, especially posttraumatic stress disorder. A child's appraisals of a traumatic event may play a prominent role in the development or maintenance of the disorder. Therefore, subjective responses should be evaluated to understand the impact of a traumatic event on a child's life. This study translated and adapted the Child Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (cPTCI) for use in linguistic and cultural contexts in Brazil.


The process included translation, back-translation, language expert evaluation and expert committee's evaluation.


Content validity index scores were good for all dimensions after evaluation by two judges and one reformulation. The back-translation of the final version also showed that the cPTCI items in Brazilian Portuguese maintained the same meanings of the original in English. This version was tested in a sample of the target population, and all the items were above the cut-off point (minimum = 3.6; maximum = 4.0).


This study was successful in producing a Brazilian version of the cPTCI. Further studies are underway to examine the reliability and the factorial and concurrent validity of cPTCI subscales.

Keywords : Transcultural adaptation; PTSD; child; Child Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory.

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