International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS)

CARTS Project Goal 

Translate and further validate an online survey methodology for assessing childhood trauma and family relationship history: the Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS). Further, to provide brief, easy-to-use information to adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect to support their resilience and recovery.
 

How CARTS works 

  • Participants read a series of statements that are either generally reflective of positive and secure attachments (e.g., "This person loved me") or are characteristic of abusive or neglectful relationships (e.g., "This person slapped, smacked, or hit me")

  • Participants indicate which of the statements are descriptive of their relationship with specific family members and/or are descriptive of their relationship with persons outside their family (e.g., friends, teachers)

  • Participants' responses are tallied and they are provided with helpful information about how to get support for and recover from histories of childhood abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences

 

CARTS Target Audience 

Persons who are interested to reflect upon their life experiences and relationships during childhood and adolescence, including those who have experienced childhood trauma and neglect.  Participants will reflect upon and may gain a deeper understanding of their life experiences and relationships during childhood and adolescence. They will also be provided with helpful information about how to get support for and recover from histories of childhood abuse and neglect.

CARTS Anticipated Release Date: TBD