International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS)


Summary  

First published in 2015, the CARTS is a computerized survey of individuals’ recollections of the quality of their relationships with their family members during childhood, and of relational traumatic experiences occurring during childhood. Completing the measure usually takes 10-15 minutes.

A research study by the ISTSS Global Collaboration committee to validate the CARTS in multiple languages is currently underway. For more information about this study and to participate, please go to the ISTSS Global Collaboration page.

Author/Publisher Details

Paul Frewen, PhD, C.Psych
Western University, Canada

Key/Core References   

Paul A. Frewen, Barrie Evans, Jason Goodman, Aaron Halliday, James Boylan, Greg Moran, Jeffrey Reiss, Allan Schore & Ruth A. Lanius (2013) Development of a Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS): a relational-socioecological framework for surveying attachment security and childhood trauma history, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 4:1, DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.20232
 
Paul Frewen, Matthew Brown, Jonathan DePierro, Wendy D'Andrea & Allan Schore (2015) Assessing the family dynamics of childhood maltreatment history with the Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS), European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6:1, DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v6.27792
 
A. Simonelli, C. Sacchi, L. Cantoni, M. Brown & P. Frewen (2017) Italian translation and cross-cultural comparison with the Childhood Attachment and Relational Trauma Screen (CARTS), European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8:1, DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2017.1375839