A comparison of three self-report questionnaires for the diagnosis of DSM-III personality disorders

A. F. Dubro, S. Wetzler, M. W. Kahn

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The diagnostic efficiency of three self-report questionnaires for personality disorder diagnosis (MMPI Personality Disorder scales, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, and Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire) was evaluated against a structured interview - based personality disorder diagnosis (Structured Interview for the DSM-III Personality Disorders). In general, all three tests were adequately sensitive and specific, with a positive predictive power of .60 and a negative predictive power of .89 for diagnosing and personality disorder. Complete results are reported for diagnosis of personality disorder clusters and individual personality disorders. The implications of using a self-report test for personality disorder diagnosis in lieu of a clinical interview are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-266
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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