Criterion Validity of the MSI-BPD in a Community Sample of Women

  • Amee B. Patel
  • Carla SharpEmail author
  • Peter Fonagy


The criterion validity of the McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder (MSI-BPD; Zanarini et al., Journal of Personality Disorders 17:568–573, 2003) as a quick screening device for borderline personality disorder (BPD) was evaluated alongside the more established Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-4+ Borderline subscale (PDQ-BPD; Hyler 1994) using receiver operator characteristic (ROC) analysis. Both instruments demonstrated adequate criterion validity with the diagnosis of BPD derived from a clinician-administered diagnostic interview. Optimal cutoffs for each measure were determined using sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative likelihood ratios. The previously established cutoff for the MSI-BPD of seven (Zanarini et al., Journal of Personality Disorders 17:568–573, 2003) was confirmed. The current study provides the first support for the use of the MSI-BPD as a screening measure for use in community-based studies of BPD.


Borderline personality disorder Screening Assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Adolescent Treatment ProgramThe Menninger ClinicHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health PsychologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Anna Freud CentreLondonUK

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