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Understanding the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5)

Kristian E. Markon, Ph.D., Andrea Fossati, Ph.D., Antonella Somma, Ph.D., and Bob Krueger, Ph.D.

  • 2024
  • 234 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-512-7
  • Item #37512

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Released in 2012 as a free, easily administered measure of personality pathology domains and traits as described in the DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders, the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5) has spawned interest—and a considerable amount of research—since its publication. Rather than trying to match an individual's personal experience to preestablished diagnostic categories, use of the PID-5 in assessment calls for something of a paradigm shift—developing a profile unique to each patient and their experiences and behaviors. This new book delves into the background of the PID-5 and provides clinical and research guidance on its application. After reviewing the blossoming literature on the PID-5 and evidence for its use, the authors examine

  • The validity of the PID-5 in different populations, including adults, children, and non-U.S. populations
  • Special applications of the PID-5, including its relation to ICD-11 and use in forensic constructs
  • The relationship of the PID-5 with other measures, such as the Five Factor Model measures and the Personality Assessment Inventory
  • The role of the PID-5 in developing tailored interventions and prevention strategies, both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological

Standout features of this guide include numerous and easily referenced tables throughout, clinical vignettes that help illustrate the PID-5 personality profiles, and an appendix with norms and scoring reference materials. Particularly useful for both clinical psychologists and research psychiatrists, Understanding the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5) is a concise, convenient, and indispensable resource for all those interested in an individualized approach to the management and treatment of personality pathologies.


  • Chapter 1. Development and Origins of the PID-5
  • Chapter 2. Basic Measurement Properties and Validity of the PID-5 Across Populations
  • Chapter 3. The PID-5s: Different Versions for Different Needs
  • Chapter 4. PID-5 Response Validity Assessment and Validity Scales
  • Chapter 5. Special Applications of the PID-5
  • Chapter 6. The PID-5 in Relationship With Other Measures
  • Chapter 7. Interpreting PID-5 Profiles
  • Chapter 8. Prevention and Intervention
  • Appendix: Normative Score Distributions: Background and Methods

About the Authors

Kristian E. Markon, Ph.D., is Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Andrea Fossati, Ph.D., is Faculty in the School of Psychology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy.

Antonella Somma, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychometrics in the School of Psychology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy.

Robert F. Krueger, Ph.D., is Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Co-Editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders; and Chairperson of the U.S. NIH/CSR Social, Personality and Interpersonal Processes study section.

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