The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is used to assess adult personality and psychopathology, from 18-89 years of age. It assesses psychopathological syndromes and provides information relevant for clinical diagnosis, treatment planning, and screening for psychopathology.
It contains 344-items, and is self-administered. It consists of 22 non-overlapping full scales covering constructs relevant to a broad-based assessment of mental disorders.
The PAI can be administered and scored in three ways: pen-and-paper, scoring software or online.
The PAI 2nd ed. Professional Manual provides information on:
The 2nd ed. update (2010) included the following additions:
Addresses many areas of additional study and research, including an expanded discussion of administration considerations and a variety of strategies for the interpretation of clinical data.
Includes both the original reliability and validation studies of the instrument and pertinent reliability/validity data from important subsequent research studies of the original PAI scales as well as the supplemental scales and indexes.
Outlines revisions made to the Profile Form-Adult and Critical Item Form.