An empirical analysis of personality disorders in female adolescents

Jaclyn Friedman-Lombardo, University of Rhode Island


Two studies investigated personality disorders in a sample of emotionally disturbed adolescent females. In Study 1, personality disorders were diagnosed using a semi-structured diagnostic interview (DIPD-IV-A), and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent Version (MMPI-A) profiles were cluster analyzed. Study 2 examined the external validity of the clusters by comparing them on the personality scales of the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI), behavioral records, and case-history data. Results indicated that the prevalence of personality disorders tended to differ from rates previously established for adults. Moreover, empirically derived clusters of personality disorders did not match personality disorder diagnoses presented in the DSM-IV. The personality scales of the MACI discriminated among the clustered groups of participants, but behavioral and case-history data did not. Implications of the results, limitations of the current studies, and suggestions for future research are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Mental Health|Women's Studies|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Personality

Recommended Citation

Jaclyn Friedman-Lombardo, "An empirical analysis of personality disorders in female adolescents" (1998). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI9920536.