Year of Publication

2007

Document Type

Dissertation

College

Education

Department

Educational and Counseling Psych

First Advisor

H. Thompson Prout

Abstract

This study investigated the utility of the MMPI-A short form described by Archer, Tirrell, and Elkins (2001) for detecting the presence of emotionality in adolescents in the school setting. Students were placed in one of three groups based on their performance on an established and frequently used self-report measure of personality, the Behavior Assessment System for Children-II (BASC- 2). Subjects who had significant elevations on one or more of the scales in Internalizing Index on the BASC-2 were placed in the Clinical group and subjects who had significant elevations on one or more of the scales the School Problems Index or Personal Adjustment Index were placed in the Adjustment group. Those without significant elevations on the BASC-2 were placed in the Nonclinical group. Differences between the three groups on each of the MMPI-A short form clinical scales were reported. The results indicated that the students in the Clinical group scored higher than students in the Non-clinical group on each of the MMPI-A short form scales. Adjustment group scores tended to be higher than Non-clinical group scores but not all scales were significantly higher. Discriminant analysis correctly classified 75% of the non-clinical group, 52% of the Clinical group, but only 37% of the Adjustment group. These findings, combined with additional analysis of clinical relevant data, provided positive indicators supporting the use of the short form in clinical settings.

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