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

Compr Psychiatry. 1992 Mar-Apr;33(2):73-7. doi: 10.1016/0010-440x(92)90001-7.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • False Negative Reactions
  • False Positive Reactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Personality Disorders / psychology
  • Personality Inventory / standards*
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results