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Temporal Reliability of psychological assessments for patients in a special hospital with severe personality disorder: a preliminary note

By P. Tyrer, S. Cooper, H. Seivewright, C. Duggan, B. Rao and Todd Hogue

Abstract

Background The new programme for assessing those with dangerous and severe personality disorder relies heavily on psychological assessments of personality disorder\ud and risk.\ud \ud Methods The temporal reliability of assessments of psychopathy (PCL-R), risk (HCR-20) and persoruility was assessed using the International Personality Disorder\ud Examination (IPDE) in 15 randomly selected mak prisoners in a high secure hospital carried out at intervals varying between a mean of nine and 19 months after initial\ud assessments by a variety of assessors.\ud Results Using the intra-class correlation coefficient the agreement varied between 0.57 (HCR'2O), 0.58 (PCL-R) and 0.38-0.70 for IPDE personality disorders, with the best agreement for antisocial personality disorder (0.70).\ud Comment TKese levels of agreement are consistent with other recent work on temporal reliability of personality instruments but are a little too low for confidence in\ud these measures alone in the assessment process

Topics: C800 Psychology, C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Wiley Interscience
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1002/cbm.40
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2864
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