The questionnaire used to evaluate the identity development in 12 to 18 years adolescents (AIDA, Assessment of Identity Development in Adolescents), has 58 self-report items. It was developed to evaluate the development of a stable and integrated identity, so as to discriminate between an identity crisis and dissemination of clinically relevant during adolescence identity, since it was developed based on the descriptions of the normal development of identity, but also based on their pathological development. This tool not only allows us to provide more information at diagnosis, but also can be used to evaluate the therapeutic outcome during the psychotherapeutic process.

Currently, the AIDA is being adapted and validated in several countries around the world (Spain, Denmark, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, among others),. The test has demonstrated excellent psychometric qualities, in order to develop multicultural studies about the identity and the influence of the culture on the development of specific types of psychopathology.

For the long term, it is necessary to have a validated instrument to efficiently detect the identity diffusion, especially in the context of Primary Care (instance that should work as the first filter for detection). But also, it is expected that the results can be used by therapists, in order to monitor their psychotherapeutic process and outcome of adolescent patients

The AIDA is finally adapted to the Chilean population, and the article with the results of the validation is actually under review. The Chilean version has demonstrated highly reliable and valid psychometric properties (Valdés, Goth, & Borzutzky). If you want to know more about the original version of the AIDA, you can download the article below

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A selection of books and scientific articles are presented bellow. They have been written for the purpose of providing information about different aspects of personality functioning, as well as the available treatments.

ait_bookFor ordering the German versión of the AIT Manual (Springer). click here

ait_bookFor ordering the English versión of the AIT Manual (Springer). click here

ait_bookFor ordering the Spanish versión of the AIT Manual (Manual Moderno) click here

ait_bookFor ordering the Dr. Paulina Kernberg´s book that describes the personality pathology in Children and Adolescents click here

ait_bookFor ordering the Dr. Paulina Kernberg´s book that describes a procedure to assess identity using reactions to ones reflection click here

aidaThe questionnaire for assessing the identity development in adolescents (AIDA) is available to be used. If you want to use it for clinical or research purposes, you need to send an Email to nvaldes@schilkrut.cl.