EScAPe – personality disorder screening measures

EScAPe – personality disorder screening measures

Investigator: Professor Andrew Chanen


One in five young people who come to youth mental health services experience a borderline or severe personality disorder.

Borderline or severe personality disorder are terms used to describe symptoms that occur over a number of years, may be upsetting, and can affect many areas of life, (such as friendships, work, study, housing). Symptoms include strong and unstable emotions, problems with self-image, and intense and stormy relationships. There are many treatments available to help young people with personality disorder.

The way personality disorder is diagnosed has recently changed. This has led to new screening measures being developed.

Screening measures are questionnaires that can be used to figure out whether someone who comes to a mental health service needs an assessment interview and/or a particular type of treatment.

What does the study involve?

We are inviting about 500 young people to complete the recently developed screening measures (online questionnaires) for personality disorder so we can find out how the measures work with young people, as they have only been used with adults previously.

The online questionnaires will cover things like:

  • your basic details – e.g. age, postcode;
  • your mental health and wellbeing; and
  • how your study or work is going.

Participants will receive $30 for completing the questionnaires.


Anyone attending headspace centres in Werribee, Glenroy, Melton, Craigieburn or Sunshine, aged 12-25 years, can take part.

To register for the study or to ask any questions please email [email protected] or click here.

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