DIAGNOSIS OF DSM-III PERSONALITY DISORDERS THROUGH THE USE OF THREE SELF-REPORT INVENTORIES.
AuthorDUBRO, ALAN FRAZIER.
AdvisorKahn, Marvin W.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractPublication of DSM-III led to increased recognition and diagnosis of personality disorders by assigning them to a separate axis. Self-report inventories have recently been constructed to reflect these changes in psychiatric nosology. This study compared the diagnostic efficiency of three tests: MMPI personality disorder scales (MMPI PD scales), Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI), and the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire (PDQ). Subjects were nonpsychotic psychiatric patients (n = 37), and medical control patients (n = 20). Subjects were given a clinical interview to diagnose any and all DSM-III personality disorders, and were then administered the three self-report inventories. Results indicate that the tests were extremely accurate at identifying the presence of any personality disorder, clusters of personality disorders, and specific personality disorders. Using the tests in combination further increased their efficiency. Implications for using cost-effective self-report tests in lieu of labor-intensive structured interviews are discussed.