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Personality Assessment Inventory - Adolescent

Designed to complement its parent instrument, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the PAI-A is an objective personality assessment for use with adolescents.

Personality Assessment Inventory™–Adolescent (PAI®-A)
Leslie C. Morey, PhD
Purpose:Assess adolescent personality
Age range:12 to 18 years
Admin:Self-report; Individual or group
Admin time:30-45 minutes to complete; 15-20 minutes to score
Scoring time:20 minutes
Qualification level:C
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Designed to complement its parent instrument, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the PAI-A is an objective personality assessment for use with adolescents.

Features and benefits

  • The PAI-A closely parallels the adult version of the instrument but contains fewer items. Items are written at a 4th-grade reading level.
  • Clinical constructs, which were selected on the basis of their importance within the nosology of mental disorder and their significance in contemporary diagnostic practice, assess experiences (e.g., suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety) that are expressed with reasonable consistency across the life span.
  • PAI-A scores are presented in the form of linear T scores, which were calculated with reference to a U.S. Census-matched community sample.

Test structure

  • Twenty-two non overlapping scales—four Validity scales, 11 Clinical scales, five Treatment Consideration scales, and two Interpersonal scales—comprise 264 items. Ten of these scales contain conceptually driven subscales designed to facilitate interpretation and coverage of the full breadth of complex clinical constructs.
  • PAI-A Profile Form–Adolescent contains a clinical “skyline” indicating the distribution of scores from a large sample of clinical cases, enabling you to compare your client’s scores with those in the clinical sample.
  • PAI-A Critical Items Form–Adolescent lists 17 items whose responses may alert the clinician to the existence of behavior or psychopathology that requires immediate attention.

Technical information

  • The standardization of the PAI-A utilized information from (a) a Census-matched sample of 707 community-based students ages 12-18 years in junior and senior high school and college and (b) a clinical sample composed of 1,160 adolescents, most of whom were tested in an outpatient mental health setting.
  • Average internal consistency for the substantive scales was .79 and .80 for the community standardization sample and the clinical sample, respectively.
  • An average test-retest stability coefficient of .78 was found for the substantive scales (M = 18 days; SD = 5.77).
  • The PAI-A was validated against several popular measures of personality and psychopathology, including the MMPI-A™, the APS™, the NEO-FFI™, and the BDI®.

Professional Report Service also available

Administer the print version of the PAI-A to your adolescent clients using the Form SS-A (Scannable) Answer Sheet and mail the completed answer sheets to PAR. PAR will score the answer sheets, generate a PAI-A Clinical Interpretive Report for each client (within 24 hours of receipt or on the next business day), and send the reports to you. Prices include scoring, report generation, and return postage.

Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-6034-KTPAI-A Introductory Kit
includes PAI-A Professional Manual, 2 Hardcover Reusable Item Booklets, 2 Administration Folios, 25 HS-A [Hand-Scorable] Answer Sheets, 25 Profile Forms–Adolescent, and 25 Critical Items Forms–Adolescent

Plus, this kit includes a certificate for 5 FREE PAI-A Interpretive Reports on PARiConnect!
Manuals, Books, and Equipment
Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-6035-TMPAI-A Professional Manual$84.00
WW-10078-EMPAI-A e-Manual
e-Manuals are not returnable. Please see our FAQ before ordering e-Manuals.
WW-6041-EQPAI-A Administration Folio
holds item booklet and answer sheet—no other writing surface necessary
Forms and Booklets
Item numberProduct descriptionList priceAdd to Cart
WW-6046-SSPAI-A Form SS-A (Scannable) Answer Sheets for the Professional Report Service (pkg/25)$513.00
WW-6067-SSPAI-A Form SS-A (Scannable) Answer Sheets for the Professional Report Service (pkg/10)$227.00
WW-6036-TBPAI-A Hardcover Reusable Item Booklet
for administration of Form HS-A Answer Sheets; compatible with Administration Folio
WW-6037-TBPAI-A Softcover Reusable Item Booklets (pkg/10)
8.5" x 11" format; for administration of Form SS-A Answer Sheets; answer sheet not included
WW-6038-ASPAI-A Form HS-A (Hand-Scorable) Answer Sheets (pkg/25)$62.00
WW-6039-PFPAI-A Profile Forms–Adolescent (pkg/25)$44.00
WW-6040-CFPAI-A Critical Items Forms–Adolescent (pad/25)$38.00
WW-6066-ASPAI-A Software Item/Response Booklets (pkg/25)
combined item booklet and answer sheet for use with PAI-A SP only

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Personality Assessment Inventory™ (PAI®)
Personality Assessment Inventory™–Adolescent Software Portfolio (PAI®-A SP)
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Personality Assessment Inventory™–Adolescent (PAI®-A) for PARiConnect

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