Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

2020 Edition
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Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality-Inventory Adolescent-Restructured Form (MMPI-A-RF)

  • Richard W. HandelEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24612-3_915

Synonyms

Definition

Both instruments are broadband, self-report measures of psychopathology and personality.

Introduction

The MMPI-A (Butcher et al., 1992) is a 478-item self-report measure designed specifically for use with adolescents. It was developed to address a number of concerns regarding the use of the MMPI (Hathaway and McKinley 1943) with adolescents. Archer (2016) outlined four major factors that contributed to the development of the MMPI-A. These areas included a need for contemporary norms, a need for revisions to the item pool (e.g., removing items with content deemed inappropriate for the assessment of adolescents), the need for the creation adolescent-specific scales, and the need to standardize MMPI assessment practices for adolescents. The resulting MMPI-A included a cannot say raw score index, 5 validity scales, 2 additional subscales of the F (infrequency) validity scale, 10 clinical scales, 15 content scales, and 6 supplementary scales....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bradley A. Green
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA