Personality Disorders Assessment Instruments

Thomas A. Widiger, Sara E. Boyd

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6 Scopus citations


This article discusses the assessment of personality disorder, focusing in particular on self-report inventories and semistructured interviews. It summarizes the convergent validity reported in sixty-eight studies among five semistructured interviews, one rating form, and ten self-report inventories. The article also explores discriminant validity; the boundaries with Axis I disorders; the boundaries with normal personality functioning; the boundaries among the personality disorders; and culture, ethnicity, and gender bias.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Personality Assessment
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940592
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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Publisher Copyright:
© Oxford University Press, 2014.


  • Axis I disorders
  • Convergent validity
  • Culture
  • Discriminant validity
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender bias
  • Personality disorders
  • Self-report inventories
  • Semistructured interviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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