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NCJ Number: 160686 Find in a Library
Title: Psychometric Issues in Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2 (From Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2, P 48-81, 1995, Yossef S Ben-Porath, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-160683)
Author(s): I B Weiner
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2 (MMPI-2) is generally regarded as a psychometrically sound personality assessment instrument that can be readily defended in the courtroom with respect to standardization, reliability, and validity, and potential clinical and forensic benefits of integrating MMPI-2 findings with other sources of information are discussed.
Abstract: Despite its demonstrably good psychometric qualities, the MMPI-2 has not yet been examined sufficiently with respect to demographic subgroup norms, long-term temporal stability, and predictive validity, and the instrument is vulnerable to cross- examination in these areas. The MMPI-2 can be used most effectively in clinical and forensic assessments when combined with other instruments to compare and contrast indications of problems, complaints, and characteristics, as manifested on both structured and unstructured assessment instruments. The role of psychologists who testify in forensic cases is examined in relation to the adequacy of the MMPI-2 as an assessment instrument. Further research on the psychometric foundation of the MMPI-2 is recommended, particularly with regard to the reliability and validity of normative data. 35 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Courts; Forensic psychology; Forensic sciences; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Personality assessment; Psychological evaluation; Psychological research; Psychologists role in criminal justice; Research methods; Testimony
Note: Applied Psychology, Volume 2: Individual, Social, and Community Issues
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