MMPI and Personality Assessment Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).
# 146462 | 905 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2010 in Psychology (Testing)

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The paper describes the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, or MMPI, and its ten subscores, ten supplementary scales and fifteen content scales. The paper reveals that although the MMPI was originally designed to diagnose clinical abnormalities, the current MMPI is frequently used by employers as part of pre-employment vocational screening. The paper then addresses the extent to which this test is currently being used without any contextualization of the individual's personal experiences. The paper contends that as the results of an unflattering MMPI test can have a great impact on an individual's future, discretion in assessing employees' results is essential.

From the Paper:

"Objective personality tests have a long history in the United States, beginning with the development of a personnel selection program for the U.S. military in World War I (Butcher 2006). One of the most common psychological tests administered in the United States has been the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Its current form, the MMPI-2 is the most widely used objective clinical personality test today. It is used in clinical, therapeutic, occupational, and educational settings, as well as by research scientists (Lilienfeld et al 2005). It is also employed quite often "in court cases to provide personality information on defendants or litigants in which psychological adjustment factors are pertinent to resolution of the case" (Karp & Karp 2001)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Butcher, J.N., Ones, D.S., & Cullen M. (2006). Personnel screening with the MMPI-2. In J.N. Butcher (Ed). MMPI- 2: A practitioner's guide, 381-406. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Karp, Cheryl L. & Leonard Karp MMPI: Questions to ask. False Allegations. Retrieved March 13, 2009 at
  • Lilienfeld, Scott, James M. Wood & Howard N. Garb (2005, March). What's wrong with this picture? Scientific American. Retrieved March 13, 2009 at
  • Pettijohn, Terry F. (1998). Development of the MMPI-2. Supplement to Psychology: A ConnecText. Fourth Edition. Marion: Ohio State University-Marion.

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