Protocol - Life Events - Adult
The Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ) is a self-administered questionnaire to assess current and prior exposure to potentially traumatic events (e.g., from natural disasters to sexual abuse). Follow-up probes ask whether respondents felt fear, helplessness, or horror during any event experienced. Additional questions ask about physical injury and immediate emotional response to the event. For exposure to multiple events, respondents are asked to indicate which event they perceive as the worst.
The Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ) is a proprietary instrument and administration requires a licensing agreement from Western Psychological Services. The Social Environments Working Group recommends that the Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ) be used to screen for prior exposure to traumatic events that can lead to mental health problems, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Summary of the Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire
The Traumatic Life Events Scale captures exposure to 21 traumatic events, proceeding from general (natural disasters and car accidents) to highly personal (death of a loved one and sexual abuse). The items include follow-up probes asking whether respondents felt fear, helplessness, or horror during any event experienced and whether there was a physical injury or an immediate emotional response. For exposure to multiple events, respondents are asked to indicate which event they perceive as the worst and how much distress it caused.
Results include the total number of events experienced, the number of events that produced feelings of fear, helplessness or horror, the total number of episodes reported, and the event that caused the most distress.
Protocol Name from Source:
Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ)
Personnel and Training Required
No specific training is needed if data are collected through a self-administered questionnaire.
These questions can be administered in a computerized or noncomputerized format (i.e., paper-and pencil instrument). Computer software is necessary to develop computer-assisted self-interview (CASI) instruments, and a laptop computer or handheld computer will be needed to administer the questionnaire.
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Adults, aged 18 years and older
The Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ) was selected because it is a widely used, protocol with demonstrated reliability and validity.
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Adult Life Event Assessment Score||3139326||CDE Browser|
|Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)||Life events adult proto||63041-8||LOINC|
Process and Review
The Expert Review Panel #2 (ERP 2) reviewed the measures in the Demographics, Environmental Exposures, and Social Environments domains.
Guidance from ERP 2 includes:
• Revised descriptions of the measure
Back-compatible: no changes to Data Dictionary
Previous version in Toolkit archive (link)
The Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ) is a proprietary instrument included in the Trauma Assessment Inventories™ available from Western Psychological Services:
Western Psychological Services
12031 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025-1251
Dohrenwend, B. P. (2006). Inventorying stressful life events as risk factors for psychopathology: Toward resolution of the problem of intracategory variability. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 3, 477-495.
Kubany, E. S., Haynes, S. N., Leisen, M. B., Owens, J. A., Kaplan, A. S., Watson, S. B., & Burns, K. (2000). Development and preliminary validation of a brief broad-spectrum measure of trauma exposure: The Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire. Psychological Assessment, 12, 210-224.
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|PX211502000000||Protocol 211502 - proprietary. Check DCW for contact.||4||N/A|
May 31, 2016
This measure is a questionnaire to assess the respondent’s exposure to a broad range of life events.
This measure allows researchers to examine the occurrence of traumatic life events and the respondent’s assessment of the physical and emotional responses to the events. Traumatic life events have been associated with many indicators of physical and emotional distress, including psychopathological symptoms and disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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