Construct Validity of the Five Factor Borderline Inventory

Hilary L. DeShong, Gregory J. Lengel, Shannon E. Sauer-Zavala, Madison O’Meara, Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt

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The Five Factor Borderline Inventory (FFBI) is a new self-report measure developed to assess traits of borderline personality disorder (BPD) from the perspective of the Five Factor Model of general personality. The current study sought to first replicate initial validity findings for the FFBI and then to further validate the FFBI with predispositional risk factors of the biosocial theory of BPD and with commonly associated features of BPD (e.g., depression, low self-esteem) utilizing two samples of young adults (N = 87; 85) who have engaged in nonsuicidal self-injury. The FFBI showed strong convergent and discriminant validity across two measures of the Five Factor Model and also correlated strongly with measures of impulsivity, emotion dysregulation, and BPD. The FFBI also related to two measures of early childhood emotional vulnerability and parental invalidation and measures of depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. Overall, the results provide support for the FFBI as a measure of BPD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-331
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 10 2015

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  • assessment
  • borderline personality disorder
  • five factor model
  • maladaptive variants
  • nonsuicidal self-injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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