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

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Overview

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 important, 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 and comprehensive primer is essential reading for nonpsychologist professionals who need a quick overview of the MMPI-2 as well as for students of clinical and personality assessment who seek a reliable introductory text.

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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433809224
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 549,789
  • 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    On A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO THE MMPI-2:

    Dry and boring with questionable validity.

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