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Borderline Personality Features Scale for Children-11: Measurement Invariance Over Time and Across Gender in a Community Sample of Adolescents

NCJ Number
254082
Date Published
2019
Length
6 pages
Author(s)
Salome Vanwoerden; Lorra Gary; Taylor Ferguson; Jeff R. Temple; Carla Sharp
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2012-WG-BX-0005
Annotation
The Borderline Personality Features Scale for Children (BPFS-C) was recently shortened, using item response theory, to an 11-item version that is optimal for use in epidemiological studies and repeated assessment over time, the current study used a longitudinal design to evaluate measurement invariance across gender and over time during the transition into adulthood in a diverse community-based sample of 755 adolescents (56 percent female).
Abstract
Results indicated measurement variance for items measuring personal relationships and impulsivity/recklessness, with females having a greater probability of endorsing items regarding relationship instability and males more likely to endorse impulsivity, despite an equal position on the latent trait. Overall, there was partial measurement invariance of a single dimension of borderline features between males and females and full longitudinal invariance of this factor through the transition into young adulthood. The current findings provide empirical evidence that supports the reliability of BPFS-C-11 scores as a measure of borderline pathology (BP) during late adolescence and early adulthood. (publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: July 20, 2021