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Personality Assessment Inventory–Adolescent

Leslie C. Morey, PhD

Assesses adolescent personality
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software, Professional report service
Age range:
12 years to 18 years
30-45 minutes to complete
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Personality Assessment for Adolescents


Designed to complement its parent instrument, the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), the PAI-A is an objective personality assessment for use with adolescents.


Features and benefits

  • Closely parallels the adult version of the instrument and includes the same scales and subscales but contains fewer items. Items are written at a fourth-grade reading level.
  • Clinical constructs were selected on the basis of their importance within the nosology of mental disorder and their significance in contemporary diagnostic practice and assess experiences (e.g., suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety) that are expressed with reasonable consistency across the life span.
  • Scores are presented in the form of linear T scores, which were calculated with reference to a U.S. Census-matched community sample.


Software Portfolio available

Used to score and interpret PAI-A results, the PAI-A SP provides comprehensive and accurate Clinical Interpretive Reports based on on-screen administration of the PAI-A or hand-entry of an adolescent’s item or scale raw scores. Visit the PAI-A Software Portfolio page for more information.