Since the structure and psychometrics of daily self-report measures have rarely been empirically tested, the current study developed the Daily Self-Report of Trauma-Related Sequelae (DSR-TRS), which was composed of items that assessed the following for the past day: (1) posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms: (2) symptoms of affective-, behavioral-, relational-, somatic-, dissociative-, and self-dysregulation; and (3) stressors, mood, coping strategies, and drug and alcohol use.
Psychometric analyses were conducted with data from 141 women who participated in a randomized clinical trial of two present-centered therapies for PTSD or a wait-list condition and completed at least one DSR-TRS during two 30-day periods at baseline and posttreatment/wait-list. Five DSR-TRS subscales were created based on a series of exploratory, confirmatory, and multilevel factor analyses: Positive Affect, Negative Affect, Self-Regulation, Dysregulation, and PTSD symptoms. DSR-TRS subscales had acceptable within-person and between-person reliability. Convergent and discriminant validity were supported at baseline and posttest in relation to questionnaire and interview assessment measures. Implications for research on daily self-report measures such as the DSR-TRS with trauma survivors are discussed. (publisher abstract modified)