Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 175–183

MMPI, MMPI-2 and PTSD: Overview of Scores, Scales, and Profiles

  • Judith A. Lyons
  • Trilby Wheeler-Cox

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024710803042

Cite this article as:
Lyons, J.A. & Wheeler-Cox, T. J Trauma Stress (1999) 12: 175. doi:10.1023/A:1024710803042


A number of issues should be considered when applying profile interpretations and subscales derived from the original MMPI. These issues and the overall utility of the MMPI-2 for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) evaluations are summarized. The Keane PTSD scale is found to be an effective tool for differential diagnosis when a cut-off score of 28 is used. The Schlenger PTSD scale warrants additional study. Various MMPI-2 validity scales are useful in detecting malingering, but concurrence regarding cut-off scores is lacking. The 2-8/8-2 MMPI PTSD profile does not emerge as consistently on the MMPI-2 as it did on the MMPI, due to the frequent elevation of scale 7 on the MMPI-2.


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© International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith A. Lyons
    • 1
  • Trilby Wheeler-Cox
    • 2
  1. 1.Trauma Recovery Program, G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center and Dept. of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJackson
  2. 2.Dept. of PsychologyMississippi CollegeClinton