MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology

MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology

MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology

MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology

Synopsis

The MMPI-2 is the most widely used personality test in the United States and around the world. It is employed in mental health settings, medical centers, and correctional programs, and is frequently admitted as evidence in legal proceedings. In addition, use of the MMPI-2 in the process of screening applicants for jobs that involve public trust and safety is spreading rapidly.

The fourth edition ofMMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathologydescribes effective uses of the MMPI-2 and explains how to accurately interpret test results. Current and comprehensive, it presents detailed instructions for administering, scoring, and coding the MMPI-2. It also discusses the most recent interpretations of the test's validity, clinical content, and supplementary scales; illustrating points with case studies and examples. In addition, the book covers two new sets of scales: the Restructured Clinical (RC) scales, which help focus the interpretation of the original clinical scales; and the Personality Psychopathology 5 (PSY-5) scales, which assess major dimensions of normal and abnormal personality.

MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology, Fourth Edition, is ideal for graduate courses in psychological assessment and an indispensable guide for researchers and clinicians working in personality assessment.

Features

Incorporates new information from recent empirical research studies

Covers the latest developments in supplementary scales

Discusses using the MMPI-2 with such diverse population groups as older adults, ethnic minorities, medical patients, and prisoners

Includes the latest information on computerized administration, scoring, and interpretation of test results

Provides expanded technical material

Excerpt

Survey data indicate that the MMPI-2 is the most widely used psychological test in the United States and is commonly used in countries around the world. It is used in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, medical centers, and correctional settings. We have seen increased applications of the MMPI-2 in the screening of applicants for jobs that involve public trust and safety. The MMPI-2 is frequently admitted as evidence in civil and criminal legal proceedings.

More than 2800 articles, chapters, and books were published about the MMPI-2 since the last edition of this book was completed. MMPI-2 research continues to inform our use of the test. Some research supports long-standing practices, and other research requires changes in how we interpret the test and suggests new applications. This edition reviews much of the new research data and considers implications for MMPI-2 interpretation. This edition describes two new sets of MMPI-2 scales that were published since the last edition of this book was completed. The Restructured Clinical (RC) scales represent a comprehensive effort to improve the discriminant validity of the original MMPI clinical scales by developing corresponding scales from which a common demoralization factor has been removed. The Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) scales are intended to assess the major dimensions of normal and abnormal personality.

Since the MMPI-A was published in 1992, considerable research has been accumulated about its use. The previous edition of this book included a chapter devoted to the interpretation of the MMPI-A. Because it is this author’s judgment that there now is too much relevant information to be covered in a single chapter, the MMPI-A chapter was eliminated from this edition and readers are referred to several excellent MMPI-A books. However, a brief description of the MMPI-A and discussion of some issues involving its use with adolescents can be found in Chapter 10.

Chapter 1 presents the rationale underlying the original MMPI and its development as well as information about the revision of the original test and the publication of the MMPI-2. Chapter 2 describes the MMPI-2 materials and procedures for administering and scoring the test. Chapter 3 is devoted to the validity scales, with an expanded coverage of ways to identify ma-

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