, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 35–45 | Cite as

Personality analysis of a swingers' club

  • Jane Duckworth
  • Eugene E. Levitt


Thirty swingers (16 females, 14 males) from a private metropolitan swinging club volunteered to take the MMPI. One half of the 30 had significant elevations on the clinical and/or validity scales, most frequently on the 9 scale (Hypomania). One third of the sample with normal MMPI scale elevations had significant elevations on validity scales that indicate defensiveness in responding. Analysis of a selected group of special scales of the MMPI indicated that a significant minority of the subjects 1) may be seriously emotionally disturbed, 2) may be substance abusers, or 3) may have serious sexual problems. The MMPI records suggest further that the absence of significantly elevated clinical scales among the normal subgroup may have been a function of defensiveness. On the other hand, most of the subgroup evidencing psychopathology possess ego resources sufficient to enable them to cope with emotional problems.


Social Policy Substance Abuser Normal Subgroup Social Issue Emotional Problem 
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© Human Sciences Press 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Duckworth
    • 1
  • Eugene E. Levitt
    • 2
  1. 1.Ball State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Indiana University School of MedicineUSA

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