Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Criteria of DSM-III were used as source material for items in a psychopathology inventory series. The inventories provided DSM-III diagnoses by reproducing the DSM-III decision process through diagnostic keys. The personality disorders inventory (ADI) was chosen as initial research instrument. Forty-seven voluntary clients from two sites served as clinical subjects and 29 non-clinical volunteers, given special directions to avoid diagnosis, served as subjects for validity scales. Four clinical psychologists matched DSM-III criteria with ADI items in measurement of content validity. Results showed that the ADI was not a useful psychometric instrument in its present form. The ADI gave too many false positive diagnoses, and also gave too many false negative diagnoses to serve usefully as a screening instrument. There were significant differences for sex, site, sex within site A and site within females. A framework of attribute quality and attribute quantity was suggested by data juxtaposition, and resultant instrument revisions were derived.
Perry, David Gilbert, "An Attempt to Validate an Inventory From the Criteria of Dsm-III." (1985). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 4107.