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NCJ Number: 93517 Find in a Library
Title: Predicting Prison Adjustment With Structured Personality Inventories
Journal: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  Volume:52  Issue:2  Dated:(1984)  Pages:280-294
Author(s): J L Carbonell; E I Megargee; K M Moorhead
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 15
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the degree to which individual scales and multivariate combinations of scales on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) could predict criteria of adjustment in prison.
Abstract: Subjects were 1,313 inmates at a Federal Correctional Institution who were admitted over a 2-year period. Two thirds of the sample was used as a derivation sample and one third was used for cross-validation. The criteria of adjustment were ratings made by custodial personnel, work supervisors, and teachers, as well as disciplinary infractions, days in disciplinary segregation, and days in sick call. The results provided support for the construct validity of several MMPI and CPI scales, but the absolute magnitude of the associations was low. Combinations of MMPI and CPI scales produced higher multiple correlations but generally did not hold up on cross-validation. It was concluded that neither the MMPI or CPI scales or weighted linear combinations thereof provide enough accuracy to be used alone for individual actuarial prediction. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Inmate attitudes; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Personality assessment; Testing and measurement
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