Screening for personality disorder with the Standardised Assessment of Personality: Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS): further evidence of concurrent validity

Hesse, Morten; Moran, Paul
January 2010
BMC Psychiatry;2010, Vol. 10, Special section p1
Academic Journal
Background: The assessment of personality disorders (PD) is costly and time-consuming. There is a need for a brief screen for personality disorders that can be used in routine clinical settings and epidemiological surveys. Aims: To test the validity of the Standardised Assessment of Personality: Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS) as a screen for PD in a clinical sample of substance abusers. Methods: Convergent validity of the SAPAS with both categorical and dimensional representations of personality disorders was estimated. Results: In this sample, the SAPAS correlated well with dimensional representations of cluster A and C personality disorders, even after controlling for ADHD symptoms, anxiety/depression symptoms and recent substance use. The SAPAS was also significantly associated with total number of PD criteria, although correlation with categorical measures of PD was weak. Conclusions: The SAPAS is an valid brief screen for PD as assessed dimensionally.


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