A Beginner's Guide to the MMPI-2 / Edition 3

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $27.80
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 53%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $27.80   
  • New (3) from $44.82   
  • Used (6) from $27.80   


In clear, accessible language, this book introduces readers to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the most widely researched and broadly used personality assessment instrument. James N. Butcher, one of the authors of the MMPI-2, explains how the instrument was developed to describe and predict behavior in a range of applied settings. Guidance is provided for administering and interpreting the results, with case studies to illustrate major concepts. Several updates have been made since the previous edition of this popular book, including new interpretive information on the MMPI-2, new areas for application of the MMPI-2, and—most importantly—a new chapter on the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), a separate short instrument that beginners may confuse with the MMPI-2. This user-friendly but comprehensive primer is essential reading for nonpsychologist professionals who need a quick overview of the test, as well as for students of clinical and personality assessment who seek a reliable introductory text.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book is a layperson's guide to the MMPI-2. It is written in nontechnical language to help those who need to use the findings of the test (e.g., lawyers) but have not had psychological training. This is the second edition, the first being published in 1999.
Purpose: In the words of the author, "the second edition, [takes] a fresh look at new interpretive information and incorporate pertinent changes to this MMPI-2 textbook. Several types of development have occurred since the first edition—new scales have been added, some existing scales have had additional interpretive nuances provided, and research has clarified test use in several new areas of application. In this revised volume, I provides an updated perspective on contemporary MMPI-2 use and also incorporate additional case information to illustrate test usage. My goals include keeping this introduction to the MMPI-2 abreast of new developments and providing a sound introduction to the use of the MMPI-2 in a variety of settings"(p. vii). Those are very worthy objectives and the book definitely met the author's objectives.
Audience: According to the author, "as I began to see the task more clearly, as one of simply introducing the MMPI-2 to a nonprofessional audience, the idea began to have great appeal—why not an overview for nonpsychologists (physicians, attorneys, etc.) who want an easy and quick introduction and do not have time to invest in one of the available full texts on the topic? This book is different from others in that it assumes little in the way of a psychology background and presents all that is needed for a basic understanding of how the MMPI-2 works". I agree with the author regarding the target audience. However, I would add that graduate students in clinical psychology would benefit greatly from this volume in a course like objective personality assessment. Dr. Butcher presents the MMPI-2 in such an understandable way, which is needed when a student is just learning about the test. The author is a nationally renown expert in the MMPI-2. He has taught it for over 40 years. He is currently a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Butcher served on the committee which revised and re-standardized the MMPI. He has written many books and journal articles.
Features: The book begins with a history of the MMPI and tells how the second edition of the test evolved. Dr. Butcher then describes all the basics of the test including validity scales, basic clinical scales, content scales, and supplementary scales. He provides code-type interpretations and has a chapter on how to properly analyze the test. I really enjoyed the clinical case examples given in Chapter 8. However, there are many case examples scattered throughout the book. And finally, Chapter 9 explains how to document and communicate the results to clients. The book should be required reading for all students who are learning about diagnostics. I wish I had read this book while in graduate school because it is so easy to understand and contains all the basics to have a good initial grasp on the MMPI-2 test, one of the most widely researched psychological tests in the world.
Assessment: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really delivers what it promises, a beginners guide to the MMPI-2. It has lots of information and Dr. Butcher has a keen ability to walk you through this complex material without getting lost. He is a master educator. I appreciated all the clinical examples, which helped enhance the learning process. There are certainly other good MMPI-2 books on the market but this one is probably one of the best in introducing the topic. The second edition justifies replacing the first because of all the research since 1999.

4 Stars! from Doody
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433809224
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 727,316
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 A Well-Traveled Path: MMPI Use and Administration 3

2 To Believe or Not to Believe, That Is the Question: Assessing the Validity of MMPI-2 Test Results 21

3 A Bond With the Past: The MMPI-2 Basic or Clinical Scales 39

4 The Analysis of Complex Cases: Code-Type Interpretation 67

5 The Content Scales: An Assessment of Client Content Themes 85

6 The MMPI-2 Supplemental Scales: An Appraisal of Special Problems 105

7 Putting It All Together: How to Interpret an MMPI-2 Profile and Organize Test Inferences 119

8 Using the MMPI-2 in Various Settings and Populations 139

9 The Report: Documenting and Explaining the Results of the MMPI-2 Evaluations 157

10 Departures From MMPI-2 Empirical Traditions: The Fake Bad Scale, Restructured Clinical Scales, and the MMPI-2-RF 175

Appendix A Correlates of Selected MMPI-2 Code Types 195

Appendix B Selected References for the MMPI-2 207

Glossary 225

References 231

Index 249

About the Author 257

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)