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Br J Psychiatry. 2003 Sep;183:228-32.

Standardised Assessment of Personality - Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS): preliminary validation of a brief screen for personality disorder.

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  • 1Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK. paul.moran@iop.kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is a need for a brief and simple screen for personality disorders that can be used in routine psychiatric assessments.

AIMS:

To test the concurrent validity and test-retest reliability of a brief screen for personality disorder.

METHOD:

Sixty psychiatric patients were administered a brief screening interview for personality disorder. On the same day, they were interviewed with an established assessment for DSM-IV personality disorder. Three weeks later, the brief screening interview was repeated in order to examine test-retest reliability.

RESULTS:

A score of 3 on the screening interview correctly identified the presence of DSM-IV personality disorder in 90% of participants. The sensitivity and specificity were were 0.94 and and 0.85 respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

The study provides preliminary evidence of the usefulness of the screen in routine clinical settings.

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