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.
27 PAI items have been identified as Critical Items. They are identified as critical based on two criteria: indications of a potential crisis situation and a very low endorsement rate in normal individuals.
The PAI Critical Item Form - Revised lists the Critical Items and provides the space to record the respondents comments regarding their endorsement of the Critical Items.
The revised form eliminates several overlapping items and includes six new items that are particularly valuable for assisting with PAI profile interpretation. The original Critical Item content areas have been retained, and two new content areas (Response Set and Idiosyncratic Context) have been added.