Five-factor measure of borderline personality traits

Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt, Maryanne Edmundson, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Donald R. Lynam, Joshua D. Miller, Thomas A. Widiger

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This study provides psychometric data for a new self-report measure of borderline personality traits from the perspective of the Five-factor model (FFM) of general personality. Subscales were constructed in an undergraduate sample (n = 109) to assess maladaptive variants of 12 FFM traits (e.g., Affective Dysregulation as a maladaptive variant of FFM Vulnerability). On the basis of data from a second undergraduate sample (n = 111), the Five Factor Borderline Inventory (FFBI) subscales were shown to have good internal consistency, convergent, discriminant, and incremental validity. These psychometric results were replicated in a clinical sample of female residents at a substance abuse treatment facility (n = 94).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-487
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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