Exploring the Assessment of the DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders With the Personality Assessment Inventory. Academic Article uri icon


  • Section III of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed. [DSM-5]; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) contains an alternative model for the diagnosis of personality disorder involving the assessment of 25 traits and a global level of overall personality functioning. There is hope that this model will be increasingly used in clinical and research settings, and the ability to apply established instruments to assess these concepts could facilitate this process. This study sought to develop scoring algorithms for these alternative model concepts using scales from the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). A multiple regression strategy used to predict scores in 2 undergraduate samples on DSM-5 alternative model instruments: the Personality Inventory for the DSM-5 (PID-5) and the General Personality Pathology scale (GPP; Morey etal., 2011 ). These regression functions resulted in scores that demonstrated promising convergent and discriminant validity across the alternative model concepts, as well as a factor structure in a cross-validation sample that was congruent with the putative structure of the alternative model traits. Results were linked to the PAI community normative data to provide normative information regarding these alternative model concepts that can be used to identify elevated traits and personality functioning level scores.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Assess

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Busch, A. J., Morey, L. C., & Hopwood, C. J.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Busch, Alexander J||Morey, Leslie C||Hopwood, Christopher J

publication date

  • March 2017