Psychological Assessment with the MMPI-2

Psychological Assessment with the MMPI-2

Psychological Assessment with the MMPI-2

Psychological Assessment with the MMPI-2

Synopsis

User-friendly yet sophisticated, Psychological Assessment With the MMPI-2 will be welcomed by practicing psychologists, researchers, and students alike. This long-awaited second edition constitutes the single most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook of MMPI-2 interpretation. Completely rewritten to address the changes to the original instrument that resulted in the MMPI-2 in l989, it describes in detail all the MMPI-2 scales--clinical, supplementary, and content--and offers empirically-grounded and clinically-tested recommendations for their use. The last decade has seen an explosion of research, as well as a steady accumulation of experiential wisdom; bridging the gap between behavioral science and practice, the authors review all the major findings and their implications and draw on rich clinical material to illuminate the issues. This second edition: * helps users with forensic interests including attorneys needing a reference for expert review; * gives step-by-step advice on interpreting profiles; * includes treatment recommendations in the explanation of every code pattern; * provides extensive guidance on report-writing for new users; * compares the most current MMPI-2 computer reports; * features numerous tables, figures, and appendices for all the MMPI-2 scales including the newer validity measures; and * incorporates 570 references (235 completely new).

Excerpt

For the student of personality assessment who is taking his or her first look at one of the current versions of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (the MMPI-2 or the MMPI-A [Adolescent]), the task of mastering the relevant background literature and interpretive lore is daunting, to say the least. a beginner facing this challenge is fortunate, indeed, to have in hand the present text. Covering as it does developments in the mmpi over the more than 50-year span from its publication by the University of Minnesota Press in 1942 to its present-day applications in numerous fields of personality appraisal, this volume serves the new student well.

From the first appearance of the mmpi in the form of a box of item cards to be sorted into one of three categories (a version very friendly to the test taker but often burdensome to the clinician), the inventory began to take on descriptive terminology and analytic techniques that became increasingly specialized, much to the chagrin of Starke Hathaway, one of the developers of the mmpi. As the mmpi versions proliferated (during World War II with the very first booklet version, later with newer booklets, and finally even computer-based versions), the task of mastering these concepts became increasingly difficult. the authors of the present volume have imposed order and sense on this array of material for the student new to personality assessment. Until now, it has been hard to find this information in a single source.

While preserving the core of the knowledge derived from the original mmpi, this text also summarizes the rapidly growing literature on the newer versions. Information about new scales as well as about classic profile patterns have been brought together in a manageable format. Thus, the experienced user of these inventories is equally well served by this volume. the busy clinician who needs a summary of recent developments of the MMPI-2 will appreciate the efforts of the authors in tracking down and summarizing new material on the inventory.

-- W. Grant Dahlstrom

Kenan Professor of Psychology University of North Carolina . . .

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