Background: The Borderline Personality Feature Scale for Children (BPFS-C) is
currently the only dimensional measure of child and adolescent borderline features and the
English version has been shown to have good psychometric properties. To extend the use of
this measure with French speaking adolescents, it is essential to examine the reliability and
validity of the French BPFS-C.
Objective: The present study sought to assess the psychometric properties of the French
Methods: A community sample of 394 adolescents and young adults completed the Borderline
Personality Features Scale for Children (BPFS-C), as well as the Million Adolescent
Clinical Inventory (MACI) borderline tendency subscale, the Child Behavior Checklist-
Youth Self-Report (CBCL-YSR) and the Beck Youth Inventories (BYI).
Results: The findings show that both the long and short French BPFS-C have good internal
consistency and convergent validity. Affect regulation, identity, relationship difficulties and
self-harm were found to be closely inter-connected rather than distinct factors.
Conclusion: The findings indicate that both long and short versions of French BPFS-C have
good psychometric properties and provide preliminary evidence that the total scores are reliable
and valid indicators of borderline personality features in adolescents and young adults.