|Uses:||counseling, clinical, screening for psychopathology|
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The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) provides information relevant for clinical diagnosis, treatment planning and screening for psychopathology. The PAI covers constructs most relevant to a broad-based assessment of mental disorders.
This 344-item instrument requires 50-60 minutes to administer. Each item is rated on a 4 point scale ranging from false, not at all true, to very true. The PAI consists of 22 non-overlapping full scales covering the constructs most relevant to a broad-based assessment of mental disorders: 4 validity scales, 11 clinical scales, 5 treatment scales, and 2 interpersonal scales. To facilitate interpretation and cover the full range of complex clinical constructs, 10 full scales contain conceptually derived subscales.
The PAI is a thoroughly validated instrument with data from three (3) samples:
(a) a census-matched normative sample of 1000 community-dwelling adults (matched on the basis of gender, race and age);
(b) a sample of 1265 patients from 69 clinical sites;
(c) a college sample of 1051 students .
Reliability studies show that PAI scales have a high degree of internal consistency. Validity studies demonstrate the convergent and discriminant validity of PAI scales with more than 50 other measures of psychopathology.
Responses are entered on a 2-part carbonless answer sheet. The bottom page of the answer sheet provides scores for all 344 items. Full scales and subscales can be scored in 15-20 minutes. PAI Profile forms allow you to rapidly translate raw scores to T scores and plot the pattern of test results. The adult profile forms contain a blue line demarcating the distribution of scores for a large sample of clinical cases. This feature facilitates comparison of an individual's scores with those in a clinical sample. The Critical Items Form (CIF) lists 27 items distributed across 7 content areas that suggest the existence of behavior or psychopathology that may demand immediate attention. Designed to facilitate follow-up questioning, the CIF provides space to record your client's comments about his or her endorsement of the critical items.
The PAI Manual provides information on administration and scoring of the PAI, interpretation, descriptive statistics, development, reliability studies, validity studies and more.
The BPI is a multiphasic personality inventory intended for use with both clinical and normal populations to identify sources of maladjustment and personal strengths.
The CAB was designed to assess: (1) clinical syndromes on Axis I of the DSM, (2) personality disorders according to strict criteria on Axis II of the DSM, and (3) neuropsychological functioning.
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