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Title: Cross-validation and Test of the Generality of the MMPI-based Offender Classification System
Author(s): E I Megargee; J L Carbonell; M J Bohn Jr
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 178
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 1596001138A1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An investigative study was conducted at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners (USMCFP) at Springfield, Mo. to assess the controversial Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-based system of offender classification. Subjects were 116 from the general population and 63 from the Mental Health Unit (MHU).
Abstract: Because of a change in prison policy which greatly reduced the potential subject pool, only six of the ten MMPI types could be compared (from least to most severely disturbed: Able, Item, Easy, George, Delta, and How). Nevertheless, the success rate of classifying subject profiles was high in both the general population sample (114 of 116, or 98.3 percent) and the MHU sample (57 of 63, or 90.5 percent). Subjects from the general population tended to be better adjusted, while MHU subjects fell disproportionately into the How group. This finding is consistent with that of other research and demonstrates MMPI's sensitivity in measuring the varying degrees of pathology. Important legal, prison, and corrections decisions are made based on such assessments. Ten chapters cover the background of the research problem and the context into which the MMPI typology fits, its rationale, methodology, data review, conclusions, and implications. Tables, 4 appendixes, 95 references.
Main Term(s): Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Missouri; Offender profiles; Psychological research; Sociological analyses
Note: Final Report
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