Skip to main content
Article
Examination of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) Validity Scales in Civil Forensic Settings: Findings from Simulation and Known Group Samples
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (2009)
  • Dustin Wygant, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Kent State University
  • Paul A. Arbisi, University of Minnesota
  • David T.R. Berry, University of Kentucky
  • David B. Freeman
  • Robert L. Heilbronner
Abstract

The current study examined the effectiveness of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF; Ben-Porath and Tellegen, 2008) over-reporting indicators in civil forensic settings. The MMPI-2-RF includes three revised MMPI-2 over-reporting validity scales and a new scale to detect over-reported somatic complaints. Participants dissimulated medical and neuropsychological complaints in two simulation samples, and a known-groups sample used symptom validity tests as a response bias criterion. Results indicated large effect sizes for the MMPI-2-RF validity scales, including a Cohen's d of .90 for Fs in a head injury simulation sample, 2.31 for FBS-r, 2.01 for F-r, and 1.97 for Fs in a medical simulation sample, and 1.45 for FBS-r and 1.30 for F-r in identifying poor effort on SVTs. Classification results indicated good sensitivity and specificity for the scales across the samples. This study indicates that the MMPI-2-RF over-reporting validity scales are effective at detecting symptom over-reporting in civil forensic settings.

DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acp073

Keywords
  • MMPI-2-RF,
  • MMPI-2 Restructured Form,
  • Malingering,
  • Forensic evaluation
Publication Date
September, 2009
Citation Information
Dustin Wygant, Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Paul A. Arbisi, David T.R. Berry, et al.. "Examination of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) Validity Scales in Civil Forensic Settings: Findings from Simulation and Known Group Samples" Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology Vol. 24 Iss. 7 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dustinwygant/16/