DSM-5 pathological personality traits and the personality assessment inventory. Academic Article uri icon


  • Section 3 of the DSM-5 will include a pathological personality trait system rooted in the quantitative epistemology of personality and clinical psychology. This system has the potential to enhance the clinical utility of the diagnostic nosology by providing a means for the dimensional assessment of individuals with psychopathology. However, there is limited research on the associations of DSM-5 traits with common mental disorders and related clinical phenomena as measured by currently popular assessment instruments. The purpose of this article was to evaluate the convergence of the DSM-5 trait system with a well-validated broadband clinical instrument, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). Bivariate correlations were examined and factor analytic methods were used to examine the degree to which the DSM-5 traits and PAI capture common variance in personality and mental health. In a student sample (N = 1,001), we found broad convergence between the DSM-5 traits and PAI, which could be organized effectively using five factors. The implications of these findings for using traits to address issues related to diagnostic co-occurrence and heterogeneity in routine clinical assessment are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Assessment

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Hopwood, C. J., Wright, A., Krueger, R. F., Schade, N., Markon, K. E., & Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 91

complete list of authors

  • Hopwood, Christopher J||Wright, Aidan GC||Krueger, Robert F||Schade, Nick||Markon, Kristian E||Morey, Leslie C

publication date

  • June 2013