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Personality Inventory for Children - Second Edition (PIC-2)

Personality Inventory for Children - Second Edition (PIC-2)
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Provides a complete picture of a child's emotional, behavioural, social, and cognitive adjustment

Age Range:
5 - 19 years

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

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Personality Inventory for Children - Second Edition (PIC-2)

D. Lachar & C.P. Gruber


Here is the first complete revision and re-standardization of a highly regarded test used for decades to evaluate the emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and interpersonal adjustment of children and teens. Publication of the new PIC-2 completes a set of three coordinated instruments: The PIC-2 provides the parent’s description of the child; the PIY provides the child’s self-report; and the SBS supplies a teacher rating. While each of these instruments has been validated to function independently, together they provide an integrated picture of the child’s adjustment at home, at school, and in the community.

Appropriate for evaluating 5-through 19-year-olds, the PIC-2 includes 275 True-False items on the following scales:

Response Validity Scales

  • Inconsistency
  • Dissimulation
  • Defensiveness

Adjustment Scales and Subscales

Cognitive Impairment
  • Inadequate Abilities
  •  Poor Achievement
  • Developmental Delay

Family Disfunction
  • Conflict Among Member
  •  Parent Maladjustment

Psychological Discomfort
  • Fear and Worry
  • Depression
  • Sleeping Disturbance/Preoccupation with Death

Impulsivity and Distractibility
  • Disruptive Behaviour
  •  Fearlessness

Reality Distortion
  • Developmental Deviation
  • Hallucinations and Delusions

Social Withdrawal
  • Social Introversion
  •  Isolation

  • Antisocial Behaviour
  • Dyscontrol
  • Non-compliance

Somatic Concern
  • Psychosomatic Preoccupation
  • Muscular Tension and Anxiety

Social Skill Deficits
  • Limited Peer Status
  • Conflict with Peers

The full scale can be completed by a parent or parent surrogate in about 40 minutes.

When you need a shorter administration, the PIC-2 offers a new Behavioural Summary, which is comprised of the first 96 items on the test. Requiring just 15 minutes to administer, this version can be used for screening, research, or monitoring behaviour change. It includes 8 of the Adjustment Scales (all except Cognitive Impairment), each shortened to just 12 items.

The Behavioural Summary Profile provides scores for the 8 scales, plus 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 behaviours that are responsive to relatively brief intervention, the Behavioural 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.

By providing two administration formats, the PIC-2 gives you a great deal of flexibility. The standard, 275-item profile assesses the full range of developmental, cognitive, adjustment, and interpersonal issues, with subscales that supply useful clinical detail and an optional critical items list divided into 9 content categories. The 96-item Behavioural Summary offers brevity, strong correlation with the full scale, a focus on current behaviour that is likely to respond to treatment, and broad summary measures useful in evaluating change.


The PIC-2 was standardised on rating from 2 306 parents of boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. Protocols were collected from 23 urban, rural, and suburban schools in 12 states. Participating parents represented all socio-economic levels and all major ethnic groups. In addition, data were collected from a sample of 1 551 parents whose children had been referred for educational or clinical intervention.

Computer Scoring for the PIC-2, PIY, and SBS

The PIC-2/PIY/SBS CD offer scoring only, so you save considerable time without adding significant cost. Using this CD, you can score 25 administrations of either the PIC-2, PIY, or SBS, or any combination of the three tests up to 25 total uses. (In the case of the PIC-2, the CD will score either the standard form or the shorter Behavioural Summary.)

The program is designed for on-screen administration. (Items are presented on screen.) If you choose to administer the tests away from the computer and enter responses later, you will also need Administration Booklets and Answer Sheets for the PIC-2 (W-375B-1 or W-375B and W-375C) and PIY (W-287E-1 or W-287E and W-287L) and Answer Sheets for the SBS (W-360C).

Computer Scoring and Interpretation for the PIC-2

Scoring and Interpretation CDs are available for the PIC-2 and PIY. Every time you use the CD you’ll get a complete interpretive report with a detailed profile and a full explanation of scale and subscale scores, including implications for treatment. 

Product Items

PIC-2 Kit: 2 Re-usable Administration Booklets, 50 Answer Sheets; 1 Set of Scoring Templates; 25 Behavioural Summary Autoscore Forms; 50 Standard Form Profile Sheets; Manual, 25 Behavioural Summary Profile Sheets; 50 Critical Items Summary Sheets
Item # MPS03-W375
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PIC-2 Computer Scoring Kit: Manual; 2 Re-usable Admin Booklets; 50 Answer Sheets; PIC-2/PIY/SBS Scoring CD (25 uses)
Item # MPS03-W375XS
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PIC-2 Computer Scoring & Interpretation Kit: Manual; 2 Re-usable Administration Booklets; 50 Answer Sheets; Pic-2 Scoring and Interpretation CD (25 uses)
Item # MPS03-W375K
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PIC-2 Manual
Item # MPS03-W375A
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PIC-2 Administration Booklet, Re-usable.
Item # MPS03-W375B1
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PIC-2 Answer Sheet (Pads of 100) For hand scoring or for use with the PIC-2 computer CDs.
Item # MPS03-W375C
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PIC-2 Scoring Templates, 1 Set. Required for handscoring
Item # MPS03-W375D
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PIC-2 Critical Items Summary Sheet, Male and Female (Pack of 100)
Item # MPS03-W375H
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PIC-2 Standard Form Profile, Male and Female (Pack of 100)
Item # MPS03-W375F
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PIC-2: Behavioural Summary Autoscore Answer Form (Pack of 25)
Item # MPS03-W375E
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