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Personality Inventory for Children, Second Edition

David Lachar, Ph.D. 
Christian P. Gruber, Ph.D.


The PIC-2 is an objective multidimensional tool designed to evaluate the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and interpersonal adjustment of children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19. The PIC-2 is a reliable assessment tool widely used by school and clinical psychologist.

How to Use the Assessment
The PIC-2 administrative booklet consists of 275 items that are to be completed by the parent of the child or another individual that knows the child well. The assessment takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.

When a shorter administration time is needed, the PIC-2 offers a Behavioral Summary, which is comprised of the first 96 items of the test. The Behavioral Summary only takes 15 minutes to administer, and can be used for screening, research, or monitoring behavior change. It includes 8 of the Adjustment Scales (all except Cognitive Impairment), each shortened to just 12 items. The Behavioral Summary Profile provides scores for the 8 scales, as well as a Total Score and 3 Composites—Externalization, Internalization, and Social Adjustment. Because the items on this short form are all in the present tense and all focused on conditions and behaviors that are responsive to relatively brief intervention, the Behavioral Summary is especially helpful in designing and evaluating individual treatment plans. It can be used on its own, or scored as part of the full test.
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Scales and Forms

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Family Dysfunction
  • Psychological Discomfort
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Impulsivity and Distractibility
  • Delinquency
  • Reality Distortion
  • Somatic Concern
  • Social Skills Deficit

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David Lachar, Ph.D. & 
Christian P. Gruber, Ph.D.

Age Range 5 to 19 years

Administration Time
  • Full scale: 40 minutes
  • Behavioral Summary: 15 minutes

Administration Type Parent rating

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored
  • Software


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