Trauma and Attachment Belief Scale (TABS)

Trauma and Attachment Belief Scale (TABS)

Quick Overview

The TABS helps clinicians design the most effective therapeutic approach for individual trauma survivors as well as important themes that characterise the client's relationships (often including the therapeutic relationship).

Product Description

Composed of 84 items, the TABS is a self-report, paper-and-pencil test. It assesses beliefs (about self and others) that are related to five needs commonly affected by traumatic experience: Safety; Trust; Intimacy; Control and Esteem.

For each of these dimensions, the TABS produces 10 scale scores reflecting "beliefs about self" and "beliefs about others." A Total Score is also provided.

Brief, easy to read, non-threatening, and highly sensitive to the specific effects of traumatic experience, the TABS gives clinicians a valuable tool in assessing trauma survivors, clients with PTSD, individuals with vicarious traumatisation, and those with other psychological problems.

Youth norms (provided with the Youth AutoScore™Form; not reported in the Manual) are derived from a sample of 1,242 students, 9 to 18 years of age, from public schools throughout the United States. They are separated by age (9 to 13 years and 14 to 18 years).


Authors: by Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D.
Duration: 10 to 15 minutes
Languages: English
Suitable For: 9 years and up
Used For: Assesses long-term impact of trauma, helping clinicians design effective individualised treatment plans
Qualification Levels: Level 2
Available Products
Code Product Name Price Pack Qty
5585401 TABS Kit (Includes Manual, 25 Adult Autoscore Test/Profile Forms, 25 Youth Autoscore Test/Profile Forms)
1 - +
5585402 TABS Manual
1 - +
5585403 TABS Adult Autoscore Test/ Profile Forms (25)
25 - +
5585404 TABS Youth Autoscore Test/ Profile Forms (25)
25 - +
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