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Psychometric evaluation of the restructured clinical scales of the MMPI-2.
Psychological Assessment. (2005)
  • Leonard J Simms
  • Alex Casillas
  • Lee Anna Clark
  • David Watson, University of Iowa
Abstract

Conceptual overlap and heterogeneity have long been noted as weaknesses of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory's clinical scales. Restructured clinical (RC) scales recently were developed to address these concerns (A. Tellegen et al., 2003). The authors evaluated the psychometric properties of the RC scales in psychology clinic clients (N=285) and military veterans (N=567). The RC scales were as internally consistent as the clinical scales and correlated strongly with their original counterparts (except for RC3/Hysteria). They also were less intercorrelated, produced conceptually clearer relations with measures of personality and psychopathology, and yielded somewhat greater incremental utility than the clinical scales. Thus, the RC scales demonstrated several psychometric strengths while utilizing 60% fewer items, but the 2 sets of scales cannot be used interchangeably. Interpretive considerations are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)

Keywords
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2; restructured clinical scales; incremental validity; personality assessment; psychometric evaluation
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Publication Date
September, 2005
Citation Information
Leonard J Simms, Alex Casillas, Lee Anna Clark and David Watson. "Psychometric evaluation of the restructured clinical scales of the MMPI-2." Psychological Assessment. Vol. 17 Iss. 3 (2005)
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