McLean Screening Instrument for BPD (MSI-BPD)

The MSI-BPD is a 10-item self-report instrument used to screen for borderline personality disorder (BPD; Zanarini et al., 2003) in youth (15 years of age or greater; Chanen et al., 2008; Noblin et al., 2013; van Alebeek et al., 2017) or adults.



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