Personality Disorder Adjective Check List


Author: Robert J. Craig Ph.D., ABPP

The Personality Disorder Adjective Checklist (PDACL) is a brief screening measure for the assessment of personality disorders. It consists of 175 adjectives and adjectival phrases the client uses to describe their attributes. The PDACL is unique in personality disorder assessment in that the number of items checked is unspecified so that adjectives selected are ones that are salient for the person being evaluated.

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Copyright © 2008 by Robert J. Craig

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Features of the PDACL

Purpose: Screening measure for the assessment of personality disorders

Length: 175 adjectives

Average completion time: 5-7 minutes

Target population: Ages 18-79

Administration: For individual or group administration

Uses of the PDACL

  • Clinical assessment — We recommend that the PDACL only be used by practitioners who have been trained in clinical psychological assessment.
  • Clinical research
















Validity Scales

Random Index

Number of Adjectives Checked

Number of Positive Adjectives Checked

Number of Negative Adjectives Checked

Response Consistency

Response Inconsistency

Sample Items

Directions: Below is a list of words that are sometimes used to describe people. Mark the box next to the word if the word describes the way you generally are and leave it blank if it does not describe you. If there is a word you do not understand, then leave it blank. Caution: There are some trick words in this list to see if you are paying attention – so pay attention.

 1. Abused 57. Emotional
 4. Accusing 60. Exceptional
 29. Controlling  

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