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

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

by James N. Butcher PhD
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433809224
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 712,829
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James N. Butcher, PhD, earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and both his master's degree in experimental psychology and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Currently a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of Minnesota and former editor of the APA's journal Psychological Assessment, he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Florence in Italy for his cross-cultural research. He was selected by the University of Minnesota Press to serve on the committee to revise and restandardize the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).
He founded both the annual Symposium on Recent Developments in the Use of the MMPI and the International Conference on Personality Assessment.
Recent books include the Oxford Handbook of Personality (2009), Practitioner's Guide to the MMPI–2 (2006), Use of the MMPI–2 in Court (3rd ed., with Ken Pope and Joyce Seelen, 2006), and Abnormal Psychology in Modern Life (14th ed., with Susan Mineka and Jill Hooley, 2010).
Dr. Butcher also consults and testifies as an expert witness in trials involving the MMPI.

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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