Interpretive dilemmas created by the minnesota multiphasic personality inventory 2 (MMPI-2)

  • Donald S. Strassberg


While the new MMPI-2 has the potential to provide more and better clinically relevant information than its predecessor, its introduction also creates several important problems for clinicians and researchers. In particular, the new norms and the use of uniform (rather than linear) T-scores result in the same raw scores on the two tests yielding clinical profiles that can be quite different, both qualitatively and quantitatively. These differences can result in difficulty in MMPI-2 profile interpretation when the user is relying on MMPI interpretive strategies. This paper addresses these concerns and offers some temporary remedial strategies.

Key words

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2 (MMPI-2) MMPI objective personality assessment 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald S. Strassberg
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology, 502 SBSUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City

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