Title

Taxometric Analyses of Borderline Personality Features In a Large-Scale Male and Female Offender Sample

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2008

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Few studies to date have examined the extent to which borderline personality features are best construed as representing an underlying dimension or a discrete class or taxon. The authors conducted taxometric analyses using a large-scale sample of male (n = 787) and female (n = 368) prison inmates who had completed the Personality Assessment Inventory (L. C. Morey, 2007). Analyses based on the 4 subscales of the Borderline Features Scale offered compelling support for a dimensional structure in both the full sample and the female subsample - even after controlling for the potentially confounding effects of negative response distortion. Theoretical and pragmatic implications of these findings are reviewed.

Publication Title

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Volume

117

Issue

3

First Page

705

Last Page

711