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3 Minute Dependent Personality Disorder Test

Based on the work of Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD). Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

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Question 1 of 10

I would rather live with someone who was troublesome than live by myself.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute DPD Test (IDR-3MDPDT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MDPDT is based on the work of Dr. Jonathan Shedler and Dr. Drew Westen, who created the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP-200). The IDR-3MDPDT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute DPD Test was informed by the SWAP-200’s criteria for DPD, as published in Shedler, J. & Westen, D., (2007). The Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP): Making personality diagnosis clinically meaningful. Journal of Personality Assessment, 89, 41-55. Westen, D., Waller, N., Shedler, J., Blagov, P., Bradley, R. (2012). Dimensions of personality and personality pathology: Factor structure of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure-II (SWAP-II). Journal of Personality Disorders. Lingiardi V, Shedler J, Gazzillo F. (2006). Assessing personality change in psychotherapy with the SWAP-200: a case study. J Pers Assess. 86(1):23-32. Smith, S.W., Hilsenroth, M.J., & Bornstein, RF. Convergent validity of the SWAP-200 dependency scales. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 Aug;197(8):613-8. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181b08d89.

The work of Dr. Shedler and Dr. Westen has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the SWAP-200, for clinical use especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs 3 Minute DPD Test are independent from the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute DPD Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of Dependent Personality Disorder, which is an anxious personality disorder. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential personality disorders. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online 3 Minute DPD test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this personality disorder, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting this test to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present 3 Minute DPD Quiz do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about the any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This 3 Minute DPD Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to anxious or fearful personality patterns, specifically excessive dependence on others.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of PhDs and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating DPD, as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.