The MMPI-2 and Borderline Personality Disorder Term Paper by Nicky

The MMPI-2 and Borderline Personality Disorder
Presents a literature review to evaluate the use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) to diagnosis borderline personality disorders (BPD) .
# 149546 | 7,405 words | 15 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 22, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Testing)

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This paper describes borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a serious mental illness that impacts a person's interpersonal relationships, self-image and behavior. Next, the author relates the history of the development of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), its scales and their interpretations and its clinical applications. The paper concludes that the literature review, which is presented as article summaries, indicates that the MMPI-2 is being used to diagnose BPD for which this instrument was not designed; therefore, its validity and reliability for the assessment of this condition cannot be known. A table is included in the paper.

Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
Evaluation of Psychological Measure
Scales of the MMPI-2
Article Summaries
Evaluation of the MMPI-2
Omitted Material
Psychometric Properties
Administration Methods
Bias in the MMPI-2 for BPD
Position Statement
Final Comments

From the Paper:

"This study reviewed the results of similar studies and found that battered women do not demonstrate elevated scores on the MMPI-2 for disorders that could "provoke" battering. It has been suggested that battered women sometimes bring it on themselves by acting in away that provokes the behavior in the batterer. The purpose the study was to determine if battered women's elevated MMPI-2 scores were a result of the battering or if they indicated that they provoked the battering. One way to test this was to see if the MMPI-2 scores of battered women decreased after the battering had stopped. In the literature review of the study one study was found that used a longitudinal technique to examine this factor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Archer, R. (2001). Evaluation of an MMPI-A Short Form: Implications for Adaptive Testing. Journal of Personality Assessment. 76 (1): 76.
  • Bell-Pringle, V., Pate, J. and Brown, R. 1997. Assessment of Borderline Personality Disorder Using the MMPI-2 and the Personality Assessment Inventory. Assessment. 4 (2): 131- 139.
  • Blais, M. (2001). Predicting DSM-IV Cluster B Personality Disorder Criteria from MMPI-2 and Rorschach Data: A Test of Incremental Validity. Journal of Personality Assessment. 76 910: 150-168.
  • Boccanfuso, V., Hseih, J., & Metcalfe, S. (1989). MMPI-2: A Summary of the Minnesota Multi- Phasic Personality Inventory. Retrieved May 1, 2009 from
  • Childs, R., Dahlstrom, W. & Panter, A. (2000). Item Response Theory in Personality Assessment: A Demonstration using the MMPI-2 Depression Scale. Assessment. 7(1): 37-54.

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