MMPI-2 for Patients with Psychopathology Term Paper by Nicky

MMPI-2 for Patients with Psychopathology
A look at who should be assessed using the MMPI-2.
# 148829 | 1,581 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 07, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Testing)

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This paper discusses the MMPI-2, or Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index, which is a psychological inventory for individuals with apparent or suspected psychopathological symptoms and/or distresses. The paper also discusses how the MMPI-2 has been misused. Various aspects of the test are described, such as it's accuracy, reliability and overall design. The paper also addresses the importance of the norm group in the MMPI-2, and the author notes what she would do if problems arose while administering the test. The paper concludes by examining , projective and objective personality measures, citing the pros and cons of both.

From the Paper:

"The MMPI-2 has been carefully studied with norm group responses; though the test cannot itself accurately describe psychologically "normal" individuals, it has been repeatedly tested using these norm groups to ensure that its measures of deviance remain accurate and in-line with changes in the population (Eisenmann 2006). The original Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index was considered somewhat controversial for issues regarding its standardization and the size f the norm group used in the development and testing of the index, and though the Index is still not perfect and has its share of detractors, most of the issues have been addressed and sufficiently resolved to the standards of most in the scientific and psychological communities (Eisenmann 2006; Arbisis & Ben-Porath 1995). Larger normative groups with a much broader demographic range were employed in the design of the MMPI-2 and the adjustments made from the original MMPI, which led to far more psychometrically sound and less controversial results when using the MMPI-2 in a proper setting, and when the index is administered by a trained and knowledgeable practitioner."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arbisi, P.; Ben-Porath, Y. (1995). "An MMPI-2 infrequent response scale for use within psychopathological populations : the Infrequency-Psychopathology Scale, F(p)." Psychological assessment, 7(4), pp. 424-31.
  • Eisenmann, R. (2006). "Review: Two great MMPI-2 books." American psychological association, 51(50). pp. 10-4.
  • Finn, S.; Tonsager, M. (1992). "Therapeutic effects of providing MMPI-2 test feedback to college students awaiting therapy : Providing psychological test feedback to clients." American psychological association, 4(3), pp. 278-87.
  • Piotrowski, C.; Zalewski, C. (1993). "Training in Psychodiagnostic Testing in APA-Approved PsyD and PhD Clinical Psychology Programs." Journal of personality assessment, 61(2), pp. 394-405.
  • Ziegler, M.; Schmidt-Atzert, L.; Buhner, M.; Krumm, S. (2007). Fakability of different measurement methods for achievement motivation: questionnaire, semi-projective, and objective." Psychology science, 49(4), pp. 291-307.

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