The purpose of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2 (MMPI-2) is to assess characteristics that reflect an individual’s personal and social maladjustment. The MMPI-2 was developed as an aid in determining mental health status and the need for hospitalization. The MMPI-2 is also used as a personality appraisal for firefighters, police officers and pilots. Interestingly, the MMPI-2 is also used to assess personality in other cultures and the results are compared to our own. One thing not assessed by the MMPI-2 is intelligence. The scale has four validity scales; lie, infrequency, correction, and cannot say. Furthermore, the MMPI-2 has ten clinical scales and they are: hypochondriasis, depression, hysteria, psychopathic deviate, masculine/feminist interests, paranoia, psychasthenia, schizophrenia, mania, and social introversion/extroversion.
Overall, the MMPI-2 profile of Ms. B an 18 year old single, white college student is considered to be valid. Ms. B has experienced sexual approaches by her cousin since the age of four. Furthermore, she was sexually abused by her cousin and his friends throughout puberty.
Ms. B’s L and K scores (L, T=39; K, T=49, F, T=69) fall in the valid range were below average. While the high F score (T=69) indicates that she may have been “faking quite a bit”, it is more likely an indication of a cry for help. Her scores on the Variable Response Inconsistency scale and True Response Inconsistency scale also indicate that she was consistent with her responses throughout the test and support a valid profile.
The main concern for Ms. B is her depression, which is most likely affecting her ability to carry out responsibilities and daily functioning. She displays elevation of all several clinical scales. Her elevated Depression (T=80), Psychasthenia (T=72), Schizophrenia (T=74) and Hypomania (T=78) scales indicate dissatisfaction with her life situation and feelings of...
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