Validation of the self–report Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO)


Project description:

The self–report Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO-2) was constructed on the basis of DSM-IV classification of personality disorders (APA, 1994), Beck’s theory of dysfunctional beliefs (Beck et al., 2004) and psychoanalytic theories of personality (Kernberg, 1986). The items in the VMO emphasize phenomenological (psychological) and dimensional aspects of personality disorders, in comparison to psychiatric criteria, which are symptomatic and categorical. The VMO is focused on the basic experiencing of self and others in specific personality types. It consists of 193 items which are divided in 11 clinical scales (Histrionic, Obsessive-compulsive, Avoidant, Dependent, Depressive, Narcissistic, Borderline, Antisocial, Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal PD scale) and a validity (Lie) scale. The preliminary research studies supported internal consistency and construct validity by PDQ-IV (Benedik, 2004; 2008). The current study will examine the construct validity of VMO by comparison with the Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO; Lenzenweger, Clarkin, Kernberg and Foelsch, 2001) and the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5; Derringer, Markon, Watson and Skodol, 2013). The IPO is a self-report instrument intended to measure a psychoanalytic concept of personality organization. The PID-5 was developed for direct assessment of the proposed personality trait system for DSM-5, alternative version for assessment of personality disorders. Validity study is based on nonclinical sample of psychotherapy students. In forthcoming year we would like to include the sample of psychology students in validation studies as well.

SFU coordinator: Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist

 Duration: 1.9.2015-1.1.2017