DSM-IV Self-Report for Borderline Personality Disorder II

The Self-Report for Borderline Personality Disorder (Germans et al in 2010) is a short 10-item screening test for borderline personality disorder in children and adults. It is based on items taken from the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM–IV personality disorders (SCID–II). Cronbach's alpha for each item on the self-report screen was moderate (between 0.60 and 0.68), demonstrating reasonably good inter-item reliability. The correlation between the self-report test and the SCID-II diagnostic interview was 0.51 for borderline personality disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by a tendency to act impulsively and without consideration of the consequences; the mood is unpredictable and capricious. There is a liability to outbursts of emotion and an incapacity to control the behavioural explosions. There is a tendency to quarrelsome behaviour and to conflicts with others, especially when impulsive acts are thwarted or censored. Two types may be distinguished: the impulsive type, characterized predominantly by emotional instability and lack of impulse control, and the borderline type, characterized in addition by disturbances in self-image, aims, and internal preferences, by chronic feelings of emptiness, by intense and unstable interpersonal relationships, and by a tendency to self-destructive behaviour, including suicide gestures and attempts. The items of the self-report scale identify many of the common indicators of Borderline Personality Disorder. It takes 2-5 minutes to complete. Intended for research purposes only.

This questionnaire asks you several questions about how you are as a person; that means how you usually feel about yourself and act. While you may have or had problems at some time, I don’t want you to describe that time. I want you to answer the questions like you are usually doing without those problems. You can answer the questions by circling the answer “yes” or “no,” whatever best applies to your situation.

Germans, S., Van Heck, G. L., Masthoff, E. D., Trompenaars, F. J. W. M., & Hodiamont, P. P. G. (2010). Diagnostic efficiency among psychiatric outpatients of a self-report version of a subset of screen items of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM–IV–TR Personality Disorders (SCID-II). Psychological Assessment, 22(4), 945-952.

Self-Report for Borderline Personality Disorder II (V. 1.0)

You are Male | female

You are years old.
1. Do you avoid getting involved with people unless you are certain they will like you? Yes No
2. Do you depend on other people to handle important areas in your life? For example: finances, childcare, living arrangements, holidays. Yes No
3. Do you believe that you are fundamentally an imperfect person and do you often feel that you are not good enough? Yes No
4. Do you repeatedly think about nasty things that have happened in the past or do you continue to have concerns about nasty things that can happen in the future? Yes No
5. Do you expect often the worst in a situation? Yes No
6. Do you often have to keep an eye out to stop people from using you or hurting you? Yes No
7. Do you have any special talents or accomplishments or do people underestimate your special talents often? Yes No
8. Have you often done things impulsively? If YES, did it cause problems? Yes No
For example:
Buying things you really couldn’t afford Yes No
Having sex with people you hardly knew Yes No
Drinking too much or taking drugs Yes No
Driving recklessly Yes No
Overeating Yes No
9a. Have you tried to hurt or kill yourself or ever threatened to do so? Yes No
9b. Have you ever cut or burnt yourself on purpose? (Rate only if both responses are positive.) Yes No
10. Do you often have temper outbursts or get so angry that you lose control? Yes No


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