A five-factor model of developmental personality pathology precursors

Lize Verbeke*, E.A.L. De Caluwe, Barbara De Clercq

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

There is growing consensus that the dimensional structure of early personality pathology can be organized within a similar framework as in adults (De Clercq, De Fruyt, Van Leeuwen, & Mervielde, 2006; Tromp & Koot, 2008). From this perspective, the Dimensional Personality Symptom Itempool (DIPSI) was recently expanded from a 4- to a 5-dimensional trait structure (Verbeke & De Clercq, 2014), including Disagreeableness, Emotional Instability, Introversion, Compulsivity, and Oddity. This developmental maladaptive trait structure is in need of further research, however, before it can be accepted as a valid framework for describing early manifestations of personality dysfunction. By use of exploratory structural equation modeling (ESEM) analyses, the current study explored the fit of the 5-factor DIPSI framework across 4 different samples (N = 1456), and replicated 5 higher-order factors that demonstrated scalar invariance across age and metric invariance across informants and clinical status. These results underscore the robustness of 5 underlying dimensions of personality pathology at a young age and highlight adequate psychometric properties of the proposed DIPSI measure for describing childhood personality pathology precursors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-139
JournalPersonality Disorders. Theory Research and Treatment
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • child
  • personality disorder
  • trait structure
  • FACET LEVEL ANALYSIS
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • CONSTRUCT-VALIDITY
  • DIMENSIONAL MODEL
  • TRAIT MODEL
  • DSM-V
  • DISORDER
  • CHILDHOOD
  • INVENTORY
  • PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

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