Construction and Validation of Complex Childhood trauma-related Personality Pathology Scale (Married Form)

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of counseling, Faculty of education and psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.

2 Department of Counseling, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan Iran


Aim: The aim of this study was to construct and validate the complex childhood trauma-related Personality Pathology Scale among married women with childhood complex trauma experience. Method: At first, by conducting 18 semi-structured interviews in the form of qualitative research, the items related to scale construction were identified and a scale was designed based on it. Then the scale was administered to 100 married women with purposive sampling. Cronbach's alpha coefficient was used to determine the reliability of this scale. To determine the validity of the scale, the mental well-being questionnaire  (Diener et al, 1985) and DASS-21 were used. The data were analyzed using confirmatory factor analysis with Smart-PLS software. Results: The results of reliability using Cronbach's alpha coefficient as well as combined reliability for all dimensions of the scale were >0.7, which indicates the optimal reliability of the scale. The results of the correlation coefficient between personality traits with the variables of depression, anxiety, stress, and negative emotion for the convergent validity showed a positive and significant relationship  (P <0.01). Also, the results of the correlation coefficient between personality traits and life satisfaction and positive emotion for divergent validity showed a negative and significant relationship  (P <0.01). Conclusion: The results showed that the researcher-made scale has good reliability and validity and researchers and therapists can use it for research and treatment purposes.


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