Personality Assessment Instruments Comparison Essay by Nicky

Personality Assessment Instruments
A comparison of two Millon questionnaire-type personality assessments and other more subjective assessment methods such as Rorschach.
# 128663 | 2,116 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 02, 2010 in Psychology (Testing) , Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues)

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This paper provides an overview of two relatively common and recently derived questionnaire-type personality assessments used by mental health professionals, the MCMI-III (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory) and the MACI (Millon(TM) Adolescent Clinical Inventory), and then goes on to compare them with more subjective assessment methods such as the Rorschach 'inkblot' test once commonly used in clinical practice. The writer describes the difference between the objective and comprehensive Millon approach with the highly subjective and personalized Rorschach method. The paper concludes with assessing other common and less scientific methods of personality screening and testing, such as Jungian methods of personality classification and self-directed online personality surveys.

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From the Paper:

"The validity of personality assessment devices such as the MCMI-III (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory) and its adolescent incarnation the MACI (Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory) has been subject to increasing scrutiny over the years. Such tests have grown increasingly popular because of their relative ease of use in providing an assessment of an individual's state of mental health. In particular, Millon's emphasis on cohering with the criteria of different Axis I and Axis II definitions make it useful, as the findings correlate with the bureaucratic requirements of demonstrating mental health or lack thereof on insurance claims for patient treatment. The Millon approach is also helpful in screening a study pool of individuals for research studies. Overall, personality testing has become more common in psychotherapeutic practice, given the need for quick assessments for individuals with limited therapeutic sessions due to insurance company limitations on mental health treatment, as well as the pressures for a quick diagnosis in cost and time-strapped hospital environment. Psychological assessment through testing in general has become more widespread in nature and more accepted by the public and clinicians at large."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dana, Richard Henry. (2005). Multicultural assessment. New York: Routledge.
  • Millon, Theodore, Carrie Millon, Roger Davis, &Seth Grossman. (2008). MACI: Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory. Pearson Assessments. Retrieved 11 Nov 2008 at
  • Millon, Theodore, Carrie Millon, Roger Davis, & Seth Grossman. (2008). MCMI-III: Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III. Pearson Assessments. Retrieved 11 Nov 2008 at
  • Millon, Theodore. (2005). MACI Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory Profile Report with Grossman Facet Scales. Pearson. Retrieved 12 Nov 2008 at
  • Vaknin, Sam. (2008). The MCMI III Test and Rorschach Inkblot Test. Bella Online: The Voice of Women. Mental Health. Retrieved 11 Nov 2008 at

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