Using the MMPI with Adolescents by Robert P. Archer

By Robert P. Archer

Originally released in 1987, the target of this quantity was once to supply a transparent and accomplished assessment of the literature within the zone of young people and the MMPI in keeping with the learn reports that had happened within the past forty years. It used to be written to supply the reader with an appreciation and figuring out of the examine that had happened, in addition to to spotlight components during which the most important learn had basically not happened, equivalent to systematic and ongoing investigations of the accuracy of medical descriptive statements for kids according to adolescent and grownup correlate information. the amount additionally makes an attempt to supply a developmental viewpoint during which to appreciate adolescent reaction styles in addition to a transparent dialogue of the empirical implications of utilizing grownup and adolescent norm conversions for adolescent respondents. a chain of direct, concrete concepts are provided for the scoring and interpretation of adolescent reaction styles, in addition to the empirical foundations on which those feedback are established. ultimately, this booklet presents an outline of norm improvement initiatives on the time and destiny study directions.

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These findings, which show the limitations of adult norms in the identification of psychiatric conditions among adolescents, may be compared with recent results by Archer, Ball, and Hunter (1985), which demonstrated that adolescent response patterns scored on adolescent norms were capable of accurately identifying borderline personality disorder in an adolescent inpatient setting. 0% of non-borderline patients. Other sources of investigation have supported the use of adolescent norms with adolescent respondents.

Further proposed, however, that conversion to both adult and adolescent norms for adolescent respondents might serve as the most useful practice. This recommendation has served as the basic ap- 2. DEVELOPMENT OF THE MMPI WITH ADOLESCENTS 21 proach to norm conversions for adolescent MMPI profiles from 1974 until recently. Specifically, as noted by Archer (1984), the most common clinical recommendation concerning the interpretation of adolescent MMPI profiles rested upon a "compromise" of converting responses to both adolescent and adult norms, subsequently selecting for interpretation the profile that appears to provide the "best fit" to clinician's impressions and perceptions of the adolescent's clinical characteristics.

Delinquency. The results of these investigations also provided a body of crucial information concerning differences in item endorsement patterns for adults and adolescents and for male and female adolescents, and identified important longitudinal test-retest differences in item endorsement patterns occurring between mid-to late adolescence. Finally, a subsample of this data set has provided a major portion of the current adolescent norms as developed by Marks et al. (1974). Correlates for adolescent profile high points (the scale or scales most elevated in a profile) encountered by Hathaway and Monachesi were frequently similar to those found for adults.

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