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Compr Psychiatry. 1992 Mar-Apr;33(2):73-7.

Validity of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-Revised: a replication in an outpatient sample.

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Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY.


We report a replication study of the validity of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-Revised (PDQ-R) in an outpatient sample. Fifty-nine applicants for psychoanalysis at a training institute completed the PDQ-R and were diagnosed by clinicians, blind to the PDQ-R results, using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R Personality Disorders (SCID-II) and the Personality Disorder Examination (PDE). The PDQ-R showed high sensitivity and moderate specificity for most axis II disorders. Although not a substitute for a structured interview because it yields many false-positives, the PDQ-R is an efficient instrument for screening outpatients with DSM-III-R personality disorders.

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