Evaluating the Validity Indices of the Personality Assessment Inventory-Adolescent Version. Academic Article uri icon


  • Past research has established strong psychometric properties of several indicators of response distortion on the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). However, to date, it has been unclear whether the response distortion indicators of the adolescent version of the PAI (PAI-A) operate in an equally valid manner. The current study sought to examine several response distortion indicators on the PAI-A to determine their relative efficacy at the detection of distorted responding, including both positive distortion and negative distortion. Protocols of 98 college students asked to either overreport or underreport were compared with 98 age-matched individuals sampled from the clinical standardization sample and the community standardization sample, respectively. Comparisons between groups were accomplished through the examination of effect sizes and receiver operating characteristic curves. All indicators demonstrated the ability to distinguish between actual and feigned responding, including several newly developed indicators. This study provides support for the ability of distortion indicators developed for the PAI to also function appropriately on the PAI-A.

published proceedings

  • Assessment

author list (cited authors)

  • Meyer, J. K., Hong, S., & Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Meyer, Justin K||Hong, Sang-Hwang||Morey, Leslie C

publication date

  • August 2015