Personality Assessment Inventory - Adolescent (PAI-A)

Author(s) : Leslie C. Morey

Publisher : PAR, 2007

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Purpose: Assess adolescent personality

Age: 12-18 years

Time: 30-45 minutes to complete; 15-20 minutes to score

Administration: Self-administered; Individual or group administration

Designed to complement its parent instrument, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the Personality Assessment Inventory–Adolescent (PAI-A) is an objective personality assessment for use with adolescents.

As a result, the PAI-A closely parallels the adult version of the instrument--it retains both the structure and most of the items from the PAI. In addition, the PAI-A demonstrates clinical utility with adolescents ages 12 to 18 years in a variety of settings.

It consists of 22 non overlapping scales:

  1. Four Validity scales
  2. 11 Clinical scales
  3. Five Treatment Consideration scales
  4. Two Interpersonal scales

Ten of these scales contain conceptually driven subscales designed to facilitate interpretation and coverage of the full breadth of complex clinical constructs.

Key Features

  • The PAI-A closely parallels the adult version of the instrument but contains fewer items.
  • Clinical constructs, which were selected on the basis of their importance within the nosology of mental disorder and their significance in contemporary diagnostic practice, assess experiences (e.g., suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety) that are expressed with reasonable consistency across the life span.
  • PAI-A scores are presented in the form of linear T scores.
  • PAI-A Profile Form-Adolescent contains a clinical "skyline" indicating the distribution of scores from a large sample of clinical cases, enabling you to compare your client's scores with those in the clinical sample.
  • PAI-A Critical Items Form-Adolescent lists 17 items whose responses may alert the clinician to the existence of behaviour or psychopathology that requires immediate attention.

In addition to scoring software, the PAI-A can be administered and scored online via PARiConnect.

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