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What is the SIPP?

The Severity Indices of Personality Problems (SIPP) is a self-report questionnaire aiming to measure the severity of the generic and changeable components of personality disorders. The SIPP is available in two versions: 1) a comprehensive diagnostic version (SIPP-118), and 2) a short form for research purposes (SIPP-SF), especially outcome research. Research focusing on the validity and other psychometric qualities of the SIPP is still in progress.

SIPP-118

The SIPP-118 consists of 118 items. The respondent is asked to answer on a 4-points scale to what extent he or she agrees with the statement presented. The instruction of the questionnaire is as follows: “This questionnaire consists of a series of statements about you. These statements refer to the last 3 months. By reporting to what extent you agree or disagree with each statement, you are describing how you have been over the last 3 months. You can do this by marking the box which best describes how you have been”. There are four response categories: 1 = fully disagree, 2 = partly disagree, 3 = partly agree, 4 = fully agree. The 118 items are assigned to one of 16 facets, which are clustered into 5 higher-order domains (see Table 1).

SIPP-SF

The SIPP-SF consists of 60 items. The respondent is asked to answer on a 4-points scale to what extent he or she agrees with the statement presented. The instruction of the questionnaire is as follows: “This questionnaire consists of a series of statements about you. These statements refer to the last 3 months. By reporting to what extent you agree or disagree with each statement, you are describing how you have been over the last 3 months. You can do this by marking the box which best describes how you have been”. There are four response categories: 1 = fully disagree, 2 = partly disagree, 3 = partly agree, 4 = fully agree. The 60 items are directly assigned to 5 higher-order domains.

Table 1: Domains and facets of the SIPP-118
Domain Facet

Self-control

 

Emotion regulation
Effortful control

Identity integration

 

 

 

 

Self-respect
Stable self-image
Self reflexive functioning
Enjoyment
Purposefulness

Responsibility

 

Responsible industry
Trustworthiness

Relational capacities

 

 

Intimacy
Enduring relationships
Feeling recognized

Social concordance

 

 

 

Aggression regulation
Frustration tolerance
Cooperation
Respect


Copyright notice
The Severity Indices of Personality Problems, whether in English, Dutch or in translation, are copyrighted documents that may not be modified in any way. Paper versions may be downloaded and subsequently photocopied without charge by individuals or non-profit organizations provided they are not making any charge to participants or other persons. No one except members of the Viersprong Institute for Studies on Personality Disorders (VISPD) is authorized to create or distribute electronic versions for any purpose. Please contact SIPP@deviersprong.nl if you have any questions regarding the SIPP.

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