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NCJ Number: 168327 Find in a Library
Title: Inmate Views About the Purpose and Use of the MMPI-2 at the Time of Correctional Intake
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1997)  Pages:360-369
Author(s): R W Gallagher; Y S Ben-Porath; S Briggs
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports the results of a survey of correctional inmates regarding their views about the purpose and use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and its revised version MMPI-2 at the time of correctional intake.
Abstract: Correctional intake evaluations focus on determining inmates' mental status and classification, assessing them for psychopathology and psychological distress to determine treatment and special placement needs. The MMPI has well-researched validity scales, designed to detect intentionally and unintentionally distorted self-presentation. Most of the 78 correctional inmates surveyed had a realistic, although somewhat vague, view of the purpose and use of MMPI-2 as part of a correctional intake evaluation; a substantial percentage of the inmates admitted intentionally distorting their self-presentation. Findings indicate that distortion is a challenge to the correctional assessment process and underscore the need for further research on the MMPI/MMPI-2 validity scales in the correctional setting. References
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Diagnostic and reception processing; Inmate classification; Inmates as research subjects; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Offender reclassification; Personality assessment; Self concept; Self evaluation; Treatment offender matching
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