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MMPI Facts & Experiments Conducted The Facts and Reliability of the MMPI Experiments Sadiq Momin April 8, 2009 1
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MMPI Facts & Experiments Conducted Abstract This paper explores the origin and facts about the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and how several different experiments used it to scale a person on his or her mental state. According to Mark Dery (2002), “The interpreter correlates the test taker's responses with "scales" designed to identify a given problem, such as anxiety, depression, antisocial practices, and bizarre mentation”. Though MMPI, may have a few results which may vary and as a result classify a person as being falsely diagnosed, the overall results of the personality test as shown in this paper prove that the MMPI can be used as a definite way to point out adults as well as children with personality and behavioral disabilities. 2
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MMPI Facts & Experiments Conducted The Facts and Reliability of the MMPI Experiments There are a variety of personality test that are used in many cases to determine your attitude or how you perceive your surroundings, but one test in particular determines your mental ability and categorizes you on a scale to determine if you have a personality and behavioral disorder. This personality test is called the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Created by Starke Hathaway and J. Charnley McKinley, the MMPI was developed at the University of Minnesota in the late 1930’s (Dery, 2002). Both Hathaway and McKinley set out to devise a “machine made up of true-false statements rather than electrical wires," and with this they created a questionnaire, which categorized people into a scale of different types of mental diagnoses. Soon once it was published the MMPI was widely used across the world and was used for medical purposes, law enforcement agencies, and for prisons. Once the MMPI was published, a group at Minnesota University conducted the MMPI’s first revision. The revision known as MMPI-2 cleared out the minor flaws, which were in the original MMPI. According to Hayes and Darcy (2009), “There are a multitude of studies attesting to the validity and reliability of [both MMPI-1 and MMPI- 2] in detecting psychopathology and helping counselors to better define personality traits in their clients”. Along with the revision of the MMPI-1, MMPI-A was created for, “adolescents as a personality instrument that better reflected their perspective on life and stage of human development”(Coles, Greene, and Braithwaite, 2002) as compared to the original MMPI which was created for adults. One of the experiments conducted to test the validity and reliability of the MMPI-
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