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Dependent Personality Spectrum Test

The dependent spectrum encompasses a range of symptoms, all pointing to the presence of dependent personality organization. However, there is considerable variation in the type and severity of the symptoms.

This test combines the insights of several prior efforts to research dependent personalities, thus bringing you a single, composite test for measuring dependent personality occurrences across eight different domains.

Where do you fall on the dependent personality spectrum? For each of the following questions, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 40

I do a lot to avoid conflicts.



The IDRlabs Dependent Personality Spectrum Test (IDR-DPST) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-DPST is based on the work of Nicole M. Huber, who created the Dependent Personality Inventory (DPI). The IDR-DPST is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The test measures scales such as the following:

Puerile Presentation: People with dependent personality traits withdraw from adult responsibilities by acting helpless and by seeking nurturance from others. Such people can often be perceived as docile, passive, lacking functional competencies, and lacking in self-assertion. Their immature behavior often spurs others to accept obligations or commitments on their behalf.

Relationship Reliant: Individuals with dependent traits are firmly entrenched in the belief that there is an inseparable bond that exists between them and the person(s) on whom they rely for guidance. As such, dependent individuals can be perceived as needy, possessive, and anxious when faced with separation. When by themselves, such individuals also may urgently seek out new relationships in order to have a source of care and support at all times.

The IDRlabs Dependent Personality Spectrum Test was informed by the DPI’s criteria for dependent personality as published in Huber, Nicole M., "Dependent Personality Inventory (DPI): a Scale to Assess Dependent Personality Subtypes Based on DSM-IV-TR Criteria" (2007). ETD Archive. 601 and Huber, N.M. (2007). DEPENDENT PERSONALITY INVENTORY (DPI): A SCALE TO ASSESS DEPENDENT PERSONALITY SUBTYPES BASED ON DSM-IV-TR CRITERIA.

Huber’s work has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the DPI, a psychological instrument for clinical use especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Dependent Personality Spectrum Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Dependent Personality Spectrum Test is based on an inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of dependent personality disorder. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential condition. 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 dependent personality spectrum test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this condition, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present dependent personality spectrum test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This dependent personality spectrum test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to dependent personality organization or even dependent personality disorder.

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