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Personality Inventory for Youth (PIY)

Personality Inventory for Youth (PIY)
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A measure of emotional and behavioral adjustment, family interaction,

and academic functioning in youth

Age Range:
5 - 19 years

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Time:  Full scale, 40 minutes         
Behavioural Summary: 15 - 40 minutes

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Personality Inventory for Youth (PIY)

D. Lachar & C.P. Gruber


In the tradition of the highly regarded Personality Inventory for Children, Second Edition (PIC-2), this self-report measure assesses psychological problems in 4th- through 12th-graders. The Personality Inventory for Youth (PIY) answers the need for a multidimensional, psychometrically sound self-report instrument designed specifically for young people.

The PIY assesses emotional and behavioural adjustment, family interaction, and neuro-cognitive and attention-related academic functioning. Excellent response validity checks make the test useful in ruling out psychiatric problems. It is composed of 270 items covering 9 non-overlapping clinical scales and 24 non-overlapping subscales:
Cognitive Impairment:
  • Poor Achievement and Memory
  • Inadequate Abilities
  • Learning Problems

  • Brashness
  •  Distractibility and Over-activity
  • Impulsivity

  • Antisocial Behaviour
  • Dyscontrol
  • Non-compliance

Family Dysfunction:
  • Parent-Child Conflict
  • Parent Maladjustment
  • Marital Discord

Reality Distortion:
  • Feelings of Alienation
  • Hallucinations and Delusions

Somatic Concern:
  • Psychosomatic Syndrome
  • Muscular Tension and Anxiety
  • Preoccupation with Disease

Psychological Discomfort:
  • Fear and Worry
  • Depression
  • Sleep Disturbance

Social Withdrawal:
  • Social Introversion
  • Isolation

Social Skill Deficits:
  • Limited Peer Status
  • Conflict with Peers

The 24 subscales reveal more specific clinical content, making the PIY an excellent diagnostic tool. In addition, 4 validity scales help determine whether the respondent is uncooperative or is exaggerating, malingering, or responding defensively, carelessly, or without adequate comprehension.

Written in a third-grade reading level, the PIY can be completed in just 45 minutes. An audio tape is available for poor readers.
The first 80 items of the test can be used as a brief classroom screener to quickly identify students who would show problems if the full inventory were administered.


Standardised on a nationally representative sample of more than 2 300 students in grades 4 through 12 – and developed using a clinical sample of more than 1 100 – the PIY gives you a reliable and valid measure of child and adolescent psychopathology, based on the respondent’s own perceptions. 

Product Items

PIY Hand Scoring Kit: 1 Manual, (Administration & Interpretation & Technical Guide); 2 Re-usable Administr Booklets; 100 Answer Sheets; Scoring Templates; 100 Profile Forms [Male & Female]; 100 Critical Items Summary Sheets [Male & Female) 1 Audio Tape
Item # MPS03-W287
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PIY Computer Scoring Kit: 1 Manual (Administration and Interpretation Guide and Technical Guide); 1 Audio CD; 2 Re-usable Administration Booklets; 100 Answer Sheets; PIC-2/PIY/SBS Scoring CD (25 Uses)
Item # MPS03-W287S
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PIY Computer Scoring and Interpretation Kit: 1 Manual (Administration and Interpretation Guide and Technical Guide); 1 Audio CD; 2 Re-usable Administration Booklets; 100 Answer Sheets; PIY Scoring and Interpretation CD (25 Uses)
Item # MPS03-W287X
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PIY Manual (Administration, Interpretation Guide & Technical Guide)
Item # MPS03-W287AB
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PIY Manual: Administration and Interpretation Guide
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PIY Manual: Technical Guide
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PIY Administration Booklet, Re-usable. For hand scoring or for use with the PIY computer CDs
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PIY Answer Sheet for Hand Scoring (Pack of 100) For hand scoring or for use with the PIY computer CDs.
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PIY Audio CD. Recording of all PIY items - designed for poorer readers
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PIY Profile Form, Male & Female (Pack of 100) Required for hand scoring
Item # MPS03-W287N
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PIY Scoring Templates, 1 Set. Required for handscoring
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PIY Critical Items Summary Sheet, Male and Female (Pack of 100)
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