Reliability and validity of the Italian version of the Temperament and Character Inventory-Revised in an outpatient sample

Andrea Fossati, C. Robert Cloninger, Daniele Villa, Serena Borroni, Federica Grazioli, Laura Giarolli, Marco Battaglia, Cesare Maffei

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Temperament and Character Inventory-Revised (TCI-R) in an outpatient sample. Method: The TCI-R was administered to 404 consecutively admitted subjects. The TCI-R scale 1-month test-retest reliability and TCI-R/TCI convergent validity were assessed in 2 independent subsamples. Results: The TCI-R scales showed adequate Cronbach α values and acceptable 1-month test-retest reliability coefficients. Although many TCI-R facets showed factorial complexity, factor analysis results were consistent with the 7-factor structure of the TCI-R scales. The predictive validity of TCI-R profiles for personality disorder diagnoses was confirmed, with different combinations of temperament dimensions being associated with specific personality disorders. Conclusions: The TCI-R was a reliable and valid instrument for assessing temperament and character features, at least among Italian outpatients. The TCI-R psychometric properties support its clinical usefulness in the assessing of personality psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-387
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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