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NCJ Number: 65097 Find in a Library
Title: NORMS AND RECIDIVISM RATES FOR THE MMPI (MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVENTORY) AND SELECTED EXPERIMENTAL SCALES ON A CANADIAN DELINQUENT SAMPLE
Journal: CANADIAN JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE  Volume:11  Issue:1  Dated:(1979)  Pages:21-31
Author(s): P GENDREAU; B A GRANT; M LEIPEIGER; S COLLINS
Corporate Author: Canadian Psychological Assoc
Canada
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Psychological Assoc
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3, Canada
Florida Dept of Legal Affairs
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: NORMS AND RECIDIVISM RATES ON THE MINNESOTA MULTIPHASIC PERSONALITY INVENTORY (MMPI) AND 17 OTHER SCALES WERE DERIVED FROM A SAMPLE OF YOUNG OFFENDERS IN ONTARIO, CANADA.
Abstract: OFFENDERS WERE 646 FIRST INCARCERATES AT THE GUELPH CORRECTIONAL CENTRE WHO WERE SERVING SENTENCES OF LESS THAN 2 YEARS. MOST WERE CONVICTED ON THEFT-RELATED CHARGES. THE MEAN AGE WAS 20.01 YEARS. MMPI SCALES ONE THROUGH NINE WERE SCORED, AS WELL AS PANTON'S PRISON ADJUSTMENT SCALE, PAROLE VIOLATION SCALE, AND HABITUAL CRIMINAL SCALE. FOURTEEN OTHER EXPERIMENTAL SCALES WERE USED TO DEVELOP A TEST BATTERY FOR ASSESSMENT AND RESEARCH IN CORRECTIONAL SETTINGS. EACH INMATE WAS INDIVIDUALLY INTERVIEWED ON A PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM AND WAS THEN TESTED. TESTING OCCURRED WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF ADMISSION. TWO YEARS AFTER INMATES' RELEASE FROM THE INSTITUTION, FINGERPRINT RECORDS WERE OBTAINED TO EVALUATE RECIDIVISM. MMPI SINGLE-SCALE CORRELATIONS WITH RECONVICTION WERE UNIFORMLY LOW. THE PERCENTAGE OF CASES CORRECTLY CLASSIFIED AS RECONVICTED WAS 66.5 FOR 12 OTHER SCALES. THE FALSE ALARM RATE WAS 32.9 PERCENT. HIGHEST STANDARDIZED DISCRIMINANT-FUNCTION COEFFICIENTS CAME FROM REJECTION, SOCIALIZATION, AND ASSAULT SCALES. THE CAPABILITY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS TO PREDICT RECIDIVISM IS CONTROVERSIAL. IF A MAJOR CONCERN OF CORRECTIONAL CLINICIANS IS TO PREDICT OFFENDER BEHAVIOR AFTER RELEASE, STUDY FINDINGS DO NOT PROVIDE COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR THE ROUTINE USE OF TRAIT-LIKE MEASURES SUCH AS THE MMPI FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES. SUPPORTING DATA AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Canada; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Juvenile theft offenses; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Ontario; Personality assessment; Studies; Testing and measurement
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