Screening for personality disorder in probationers: validation of the Standardised Assessment of Personality—Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS)

Pluck, G. and Sirdifield, C. and Brooker, C. and Moran, P. (2012) Screening for personality disorder in probationers: validation of the Standardised Assessment of Personality—Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS). Personality and Mental Health, 6 (1). pp. 61-68. ISSN 1932-8621

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Abstract

Personality disorder (PD) is an important indicator of future recidivism, and a brief assessment of PD
would be of great value to those working in the criminal justice system. There is insufficient research
on PD among probation populations. We examined the concurrent validity of a mini-interview for PD,
the Standardised Assessment of Personality—Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS), by comparing its performance
with that of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Personality Disorders (SCID-II) in a sample of
40 individuals on probation in Lincolnshire, UK. The SCID-II identified 30/40 (75%) of the sample as
having a PD. The most common category was antisocial PD, for which 20/40 (50%) were positive. A
cut score of 3 on the SAPAS produced a good balance of sensitivity (0.73) and specificity (0.9) for
case identification. We conclude that the SAPAS is a valid screening tool for PD among those on
probation and is of potential value to those working in the criminal justice system.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:SAPAS, personality disorder, probationers
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:4929
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:28 Feb 2012 08:46
Last Modified:04 Sep 2013 11:31

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