Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Analytical Essay by chachacha

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
A critical evaluation of the Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory standardized personality test (MMPI-2).
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Published on Aug 13, 2009 in Psychology (Testing)

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The paper discusses the Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory (MMPI) that recently was revised to become the MMPI-2. The paper focuses on practical and technical considerations of the MMPI-2, and identifies the shared problems with the original MMPI. The paper argues that even results from sophisticated psychological instruments like the MMPI-2 will be sometimes unreliable if proper caution is not observed in the use of the test. The paper also highlights how the MMPI-2 retains a number of weaknesses of its predecessor that examiners need to consider before testing their clients. According to the paper, however, despite limitations, MMPI-2 has proved to be a useful instrument for assessing individual differences, especially in clinical settings.

Reasons for the Revision
Development of the MMPI-2
Potential Problems in Use

From the Paper:

"As psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, it often challenges to capture the inner process of humans such as thoughts, feelings and images that we cannot directly observe (Passer & Smith, 2001). Although, now there are a number of standardized psychological tests available, many abstract attributes are still difficult to define clearly. Lack of clear-cut conceptions for what is to be studied is a possible threat to construct validity of the tests and, therefore, may lead to unacceptable social consequences for those who take the tests. One of such abstract attributes is personality as there is no universally accepted definition of personality available currently. Despite the fact, personality tests are frequently used to assess individual differences for the purpose of career decision, life planning and job assignment (Murphy & Davidshofer, 2001)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baer, R. A., & Sekirnjak, G. (1997). Detection of underreporting on the MMPI-2 in a clinical population: Effect of information about validity scales. Journal of Personality Assessment, 69, 555-567.
  • Butcher, J. N. (1990). MMPI-2 in psychological treatment. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Butcher, J. N., Derksen, J., & Sloore, H. (2003). Objective personality assessment of people in diverse cultures: European adaptation of the MMPI-2. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 47, 819-840.
  • Butcher, J. N., Grahm, J. R., & Ben-Porath, Y. S. (1995). Methodological problems and issues in MMPI/MMPI-2/MMPI-A research. Psychological Assessment, 7, 320-329.
  • Christensen, G. E. (2000). Behavioural rehabilitative programming for offenders: Staff selection, operation, and administration. The Sciences & Engineering, 61, 225-241.

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APA Format

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (2009, August 13) Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/minnesota-multiphasic-personality-inventory-115836/

MLA Format

"Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory" 13 August 2009. Web. 28 September. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/minnesota-multiphasic-personality-inventory-115836/>