The development of the Chinese version of Impact of Event Scale--Revised (CIES-R)

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2003 Feb;38(2):94-8. doi: 10.1007/s00127-003-0611-x.


Background: This is an exploratory study on the psychometric properties and normative data of the Chinese translation of the Impact of Event Scale - Revised (CIES-R).

Methods: The original Impact of Event Scale - Revised was translated into Chinese and the comparability of content was verified through back-translation procedures. The study consisted of a sample of 116 patients from the Accident and Emergency Department.

Results: The reliability of the Chinese version was verified. The validity of the Chinese version as a measure of psychological distress was supported by the positive correlations between the various subscale scores of CIES-R (i. e., Intrusion, Avoidance, and Hyperarousal) and General Health Questionnaire-20. However, the independence of the three subscales was not supported.

Conclusions: The present result suggests that normative information for different age groups and clinical samples might be different. Further study with clinical sample and investigation of the relationship between CIES-R and other diagnostic measures of PTSD are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • China
  • Female
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychometrics
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / classification
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*