Personality dimensions scale
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI)
Main reference: Millon T. Modern Psychopathology. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1969. A revised version is available at Pearson Assessments' website.
Type: Structured questionnaire.
Main indications: Designed to assess the presence of personality disorders.
Rating performed by: Trained interviewer.
Time period covered by scale: The patient's lifetime history.
Time required to complete rating: 25 minutes.
Remarks: Rates the patient, using 175 true–false questionnaires, by 20 scores:
- eight relate to basic personality styles (schizoid, avoidant, dependent, histrionic, narcissistic, antisocial, compulsive, passive–aggressive)
- three relate to pathological personality syndromes (schizotypal, borderline, paranoid)
- six relate to symptom disorders scales of moderate severity (anxiety, somatoform, hypomanic, dysthymia, alcohol abuse, drug abuse)
- three relate to symptom disorder scales of extreme severity (psychotic thinking, psychotic depression, psychotic delusions).
Two additional correction scales provide a means of identifying and adjusting possible test-taking distortions. The scale enables diagnoses of 14 personality disorder subtypes (using DSM-IV) to be made.
Published on CNSforum 19 Aug 2004