Assessment of Adolescent Personality Disorders Through the Interview of Personality Organization Processes in Adolescence (IPOP-A): Clinical and Theoretical Implications
Massimo Ammaniti, Andrea Fontana, Audrey Clarkin, John F. Clarkin, Giampaolo Nicolais and Otto F. Kernberg
Affiliation: Via Polonia, 2 Rome - 00198, Italy / Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy.
In the field of developmental research, there is a pressing need to develop clinically sounded and empirically grounded tools for the assessment of personality development in adolescence. After a review of the relevant literature on adolescent personality disorders we present through empirical data and clinical material the IPOP-A, a semi-structured interview for adolescents ranging from 13 years old to 21 years old. The IPOP-A seems to be promising to gather information about processes that constitute the building blocks of adolescent personality organization.
Keywords: Adolescent personality disorders, assessment, borderline personality organization, IPOP-A, personality development, semi-structured interview
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