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Assessing Personality Disorders in Adolescence: A Validation Study of the IPOP-A

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Isabel Leal*, Sara Bailote Silva, Maria Meireles Ramos, Marta Pedreira, Vera Santos Ramos and Pedro Pires   Pages 1 - 12 ( 12 )

Abstract:


Background: The need to develop clinical and empirically-based tools for assessing personality development in adolescence led to the proposal of the IPOP-A (Ammaniti, Fontana, Kernberg, Clarkin, & Clarkin, 2011), a semi-structured interview for adolescents that aims to differentiate personality organization processes from characteristics that may reflect a personality disorder.

Objective and Method: This research aimed to evaluate the adaptation of the IPOP-A to the Portuguese population, attending to its diagnostic properties and its discriminant validity by comparing a clinical group with a nonclinical one. A total sample of 44 adolescents from 13 to 18 years old has taken part in this study, 22 of whom had a previous personality disorder diagnosis. The content of the interviews was transcribed and codified according to the coding manual.

Results and Conclusion: The results show that the Portuguese version of the IPOP-A presents good internal consistency values and can be considered a valid instrument to identify adolescents with a personality disorder.

Keywords:

adolescence, assessment, IPOP-A, personality development, personality disorder, semi-structured interview

Affiliation:

William James Center for Research, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisboa, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisboa, William James Center for Research, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisboa, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisboa, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Almada, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Almada



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