Sign In   


Inventory of Altered Self-Capacities™

John Briere, PhD

Assesses difficulties in relatedness, identity, and affect control
Paper and pencil
Age range:
18 years and older
10-15 minutes to administer; 10-15 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The IASC is a self-report measure of an individual’s psychological functioning capacity in the areas of forming and maintaining meaningful relationships, creating a stable sense of personal identity and self-awareness, and the ability to modulate and tolerate negative affect. This instrument is particularly useful with adults who have experienced significant childhood abuse or trauma.

Facilitates assessment of individuals with personality difficulties

  • Helps to identify targets for treatment, such as identity disturbance and affect regulation problems; predicts potential problems that may arise during psychotherapy; and provides clinical data to corroborate diagnoses, especially those involving dysfunctional personality traits or disorders.
  • Seven 9-item scales ask respondents to rate the frequency of occurrence over the past 6 months of each symptom on a 5-point scale.
  • Normed on 620 individuals from the general population, making it an ideal component of a comprehensive assessment of adult psychopathology.