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NCJ Number: 139865 Find in a Library
Title: Psychometric Properties of the Multiphasic Sex Inventory in Assessing Sex Offenders
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:384-396
Author(s): S C Kalichman; M C Henderson; L S Shealy; M Dwyer
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Five independent samples of sex offenders were used to provide a wide range of offender and response set characteristics for internal consistency, covergent and divergent validity, and redundancy analyses for the Multiphasic Sex Inventory (MSI).
Abstract: The MSI provides information that is independent of personality and psychopathology tests and data that corroborate with physiological indices of arousal. The MSI scales also demonstrate moderate to high levels of internal consistency and considerable convergence and divergence with other measures. Notable limitations of the MSI include its face validity and potential contamination by response biases. Consequently, scale scores should be interpreted with careful consideration of the assessment setting and respondent motivation. Research needs to focus on developing MSI validity indicators sensitive to response sets specific to various evaluation settings. 2 notes, 5 tables, and 24 references
Main Term(s): Psychological evaluation; Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Offender profiles; Personality assessment; Testing and measurement
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