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Global Psychotrauma Screen (GPS)

The Global Psychotrauma Screen (GPS) was developed by an international group of experts representing traumatic stress societies worldwide (initiated by ISTSS) called the “Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress” (Schnyder et al., 2017).

The GPS is a brief instrument meant to screen for a range of trauma-related psychological problems, as well as for risk and protective factors. 

Please find the GPS here or go here to to participate in a cross-cultural project related to COVID-19.

The GPS is currently available in 23 languages and covers the following domains with 22 yes/no questions:

  • PTSD
  • Complex PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Dissociation
  • Other physical, emotional or social problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Other stressful events
  • Childhood trauma
  • History of mental illness
  • Social support
  • Psychological resilience

The first data show that the GPS is a reliable and valid instrument (Olff et al., 2020). Normscores will be published on the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress website.

Get more information or participate in research with the GPS.

Author/Publisher Details

PI: Miranda Olff, Amsterdam UMC, Dept of Psychiatry, Amsterdam Neuroscience, location AMC & ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, Diemen, The Netherlands
Project group: Dean Ajdukovic, Anne Bakker, Doug Brewer, Marylene Cloitre, Grete Dyb, Paul Frewen, Juli Lanza, Brigitte Lueger Schuester, Gladys Mwiti, Misari Oe, Janaina Pinto, Rita Rosner, Carolina Salgado, Ingo Schaefer, Julia Schellong, Ueli Schnyder, Jun Shigemura, Kitty Wu.

Key/Core References   

Olff, M., Bakker, A.,  Frewen, P., Aakvaag, H., Ajdukovic, D., Brewer, D., Elmore Borbon, D.L., Cloitre, M., Hyland, P., Kassam-Adams, N., Knefel, M., Lanza, J.A., Lueger-Schuster, B., Nickerson, A., Oe, M., Pfaltz, M.C., Salgado, C., Seedat, S., Wagner, A.,  Schnyder, U. & Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress (GC-TS) (2020). Screening for consequences of trauma – an update on the global collaboration on traumatic stress. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1752504

Schnyder, U., Schafer, I., Aakvaag, H. F., Ajdukovic, D., Bakker, A., Bisson, J.I., Brewer, D., Cloitre, M., Dyb, G.A., Frewen,P., Lanza, J., Le Brocque, R., Lueger-Schuster, B., Mwiti, G.K., Oe, M., Rosner, R., Schellong, J., Shigemura, J., Wu, K., & Olff, M. (2017). The global collaboration on traumatic stress. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8.1.