Field Test and Reliability Analyses of Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being Domains

Traditional child well-being has focused primarily on safety and permanence. However, trauma is now known to affect psycho-social, emotional, cognitive and even physical development. The research is clear that trauma affects well-being in increasingly predictable ways. ... NFPN has undertaken the task of adding 2 new domains to the North Carolina Family Assessment Scales for General and Reunification Services (NCFAS-G+R). The 2 new domains are titled Trauma, and Post-Trauma Well-Being. These 2 new domains are intended to provide a framework for identifying symptomology (symptoms, conditions, and behaviors) associated with histories of trauma and relate them to indicators of well-being in children and families following services.

This report presents the findings of a field test of these new domains that focused on the utility of the use of the domains in child welfare practice settings, the reliability of the scale items in the overarching domains, and convergent validity between the scale items on the Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being domains and other domains on the NCFAS-G+R that (a) might logically be expected to be affected at intake by histories of trauma and symptomology of trauma, and (b) might logically be expected to be affected at closure following services provided to remediate trauma symptomology.

Download and read the full Trauma Field Test Report (726 KB).