Introduction: The controversy over the existence of personality disorders in childhood has continued due to the limitations of studies in this research area, to the reluctance to apply adult personality diagnoses to children and to the difficulty of the assessment. The aim of this work is the validation of the CPAP-Q (Child Personality Assessment Q-Sort; Fortunato, Speranza, Tanzilli, Lingiardi, 2018), a Q-Sort instrument able to assess the childhood personality. Methods: The validation procedure includes: 150 children (M=7,8; 70% male), from 4 to 11 years old evaluated by 150 clinicians. Children are in treatment from 2 to 12 months. The procedure includes other instruments: an ad-hoc questionnaire for information on the clinician, on the child and his/her family, CPNI (Coolidge, 2002), CBCL (Achenbach, 2001) and PDC-C (Malberg, Rosenberg & Malone, 2017). For the validation procedure, it was conducted the Q-Factor analysis to obtain Emerging Personality Patterns empirically derived. To evaluate the internal coherence of each Factor it was measured the Cronbach’s alpha. Then it was evaluated the correlation between the Q-Factor’s and the other instruments. Results: 8 factors emerged from the Q-Factor analysis (High Functioning, Inhibited/Withdrawn, Dysphoric/Anxious, Inhibited/Depressive, Obsessive, Borderline/Dysregulated, Borderline/Impulsive, Schizoid). The Cronbach’s alpha reached really good or excellent levels for each Q-Factors. The correlations highlight a good construct and criterion validity. Conclusions: Data define that it’s possible to evaluate the developmental pathways for emerging personality patterns in childhood and how these may lead to personality disorders in adolescence and adulthood. Preliminary data is promising and seems to confirm that the Q-Sort procedure is the best way to assess childhood personality and its elements.

CPAP-Q Sort: personality, traits and disorders in childhood / Fortunato, Alexandro; Speranza, Anna Maria. - In: MEDITERRANEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 2282-1619. - 7:2 suppl(2019), pp. 182-182. ((Intervento presentato al convegno XXI NATIONAL CONGRESS ITALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CLINICAL AND DYNAMIC SECTION tenutosi a Milano.

CPAP-Q Sort: personality, traits and disorders in childhood

Alexandro Fortunato;Anna Maria Speranza
2019

Abstract

Introduction: The controversy over the existence of personality disorders in childhood has continued due to the limitations of studies in this research area, to the reluctance to apply adult personality diagnoses to children and to the difficulty of the assessment. The aim of this work is the validation of the CPAP-Q (Child Personality Assessment Q-Sort; Fortunato, Speranza, Tanzilli, Lingiardi, 2018), a Q-Sort instrument able to assess the childhood personality. Methods: The validation procedure includes: 150 children (M=7,8; 70% male), from 4 to 11 years old evaluated by 150 clinicians. Children are in treatment from 2 to 12 months. The procedure includes other instruments: an ad-hoc questionnaire for information on the clinician, on the child and his/her family, CPNI (Coolidge, 2002), CBCL (Achenbach, 2001) and PDC-C (Malberg, Rosenberg & Malone, 2017). For the validation procedure, it was conducted the Q-Factor analysis to obtain Emerging Personality Patterns empirically derived. To evaluate the internal coherence of each Factor it was measured the Cronbach’s alpha. Then it was evaluated the correlation between the Q-Factor’s and the other instruments. Results: 8 factors emerged from the Q-Factor analysis (High Functioning, Inhibited/Withdrawn, Dysphoric/Anxious, Inhibited/Depressive, Obsessive, Borderline/Dysregulated, Borderline/Impulsive, Schizoid). The Cronbach’s alpha reached really good or excellent levels for each Q-Factors. The correlations highlight a good construct and criterion validity. Conclusions: Data define that it’s possible to evaluate the developmental pathways for emerging personality patterns in childhood and how these may lead to personality disorders in adolescence and adulthood. Preliminary data is promising and seems to confirm that the Q-Sort procedure is the best way to assess childhood personality and its elements.
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