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  • MMPI-2 : Assessing Personality and Psychopathology
    MMPI-2 : Assessing Personality and Psychopathology


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 forensic and correctional settings. It is widely used to screen applicants for jobs that involve public trust and safety. The fifth edition of MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology describes effective uses of the MMPI instruments and offfers guidance in interpreting test results. Current and comprehensive, it presents detailed instructions for administering ands coring the test. It includes updated information concerning research that informs test uses. New to this edition is a chapter detailing the development and use of the newest form of the test, the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF). This edition reintroduces the adolescent version of the test, the MMPI-A, including updated research findings and recommendations for interpretation. MMPI-2: Assessing Personality and Psychopathology, Fifth Edition, is ideal for graduate courses in psychological assessment and is an indispensable guide for researchers and clinicians working in the personality assessment area.

Author Biography

John R. Graham is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Kent State University. He began his work with the MMPI during his graduate training at the University of North Carolina in the 1960s. He is the author of several books about the MMPI and its applications as well as numerous empirical articles. He played a major role in the development of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-A and has taught workshops on the test throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Development of the MMPI and MMPI-2
Development of the MMPI
Development of the MMPI-2
Chapter 2. Administration and Scoring
Qualifications of Test Users
Who Can Take the MMPI-2?
Administering the MMPI-2
Testing Materials
Scoring the MMPI-2
Constructing the Profile
Coding the Profile
Chapter 3. The Validity Scales
Scales Assessing Content-Nonresponsiveness (CNR)
Scales Assessing Content-Responsive Invalidity (CRI)
Other Validity Indicators
Profile Invalidity
Chapter 4. The Clinical Scales
Reliability of Clinical Scales
Validity of Clinical Scales
Defining High and Low Scores on Clinical Scales
Interpretation of Scores on Clinical Scales
Scale 1 (Hypochondriasis)
Scale 2 (Depression)
Scale 3 (Hysteria)
Scale 4 (Psychopathic Deviate)
Scale 5 (Masculinity-Femininity)
Scale 6 (Paranoia)
Scale 7 (Psychasthenia)
Scale 8 (Schizophrenia)
Scale 9 (Hypomania)
Scale 0 (Social Introversion)
Chapter 5. Code Types
Determining Code Types
Reliability of Code Types
Validity of Code Types
Interpretive Guidelines for Two-Point Code Types
Interpretive Guidelines for Three-Point Code Types
Other Configural Aspects
Chapter 6. Content Interpretation
The Harris-Lingoes Subscales
Subscales for Scales 5 and 0
The MMPI-2 Content Scales
Critical Items
Chapter 7. Restructured Clinical (RC) and Personality Psychopathology Five (Psy-5) Scales
Restructured Clinical (RC) Scales
Personality Psychopathology Five (Psy-5) Scales
Chapter 8. Supplementary Scales
Anxiety (A) and Repression (R) Scales
Ego Strength (ES) Scale
Dominance (DO) Scale
Social Responsibility (RE) Scale
College Maladjustment (MT) Scale
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PK) Scale
Marital Distress Scale (MDS)
Hostility (HO) Scale
Overcontrolled-Hostility (0-H) Scale
MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale-Revised (Mac-R)
Addiction Acknowledgment Scale (AAS)
Addiction Potential Scale (APS)
Masculine Gender Role (GM) and Feminine Gender Role (GF) Scales
Subtle-Obvious Subscales
Chapter 9. Psychometric Considerations
Scale Construction
T-Score Transformations
Comparability of the MMPI and the MMPI-2
Factor Structure
Response Sets and Styles
Chapter 10. Use with Special Groups
Older Adults
Ethnic Minorities
Medical Patients
Personnel Screening
Correctional Settings
Chapter 11. An Interpretive Strategy
A General Strategy
An Illustrative Case
Additional Practice Cases
Giving Feedback to Clients
Chapter Appendix
Chapter 12. Computerized Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation
Computerized Administration
Computer Adaptive Administration
Computerized Scoring
Computerized Interpretation
Issues Concerning the Use of Computerized Interpretations
Professional Guidelines for Computerized Assessment
Sample of Computerized Interpretive Report
Comparison of Computerized and Clinician-Generated Interpretations
Conclusions and Recommendations
Chapter Appendix
Chapter 13. Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2
Admissibility of MMPI-2 Evidence
Some Important Issues in Using MMPI-2 in Forensic Settings
Some Forensic Uses of the MMPI-2
Presenting Expert Opinions Based on the MMPI-2
Correctional Settings
Chapter 14. MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF)
Development of the MMPI-2-RF Scales
Administration and Scoring
Psychometric Characteristics
MMPI-2 Versus MMPI-2-RF
Closing Comments
Chapter Appendix
Chapter 15. Assessing Adolescents: The MMPI-A
Development of the MMPI-A
Administration and Scoring
Validity Scales
Clinical Scales
Harris-Lingoes Subscales
Scale 0 Subscales
Supplementary Scales
Content Scales
Personality Psychopathology Five (Psy-5) Scales
Reliability and Validity
Interpreting the MMPI-A Scales
Interpreting Critical Items
MMPI-A Interpretive Strategy
Illustrative Case
Chapter Appendix
Appendix A. Koss-Butcher Critical Item Numbers
Appendix B. Intercorrelations of MMPI-2 Scales for Normative Sample
Appendix C. Percentile Equivalents for Uniform T-Scores
Appendix D. Four Practice Cases: Background Information and Extended Score Reports
Author Index
Subject Index

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