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Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2 (MMPI–2) Validity Scales

A strength of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2 (MMPI–2) is its multiple indicators regarding an examinee's approach to the test. Ideally, examinees answer all questions, respond consistently, and do not distort test findings by overreporting or underreporting experienced psychopathology. However, some individuals may approach the test in a manner that deviates from this optimal scenario, and MMPI–2 profiles can be interpreted with confidence only when these issues have been addressed. Overall, the MMPI–2's measures of test-taking approach and validity may qualify clinical findings or lend credence to interpretations yielded by the test in multiple situations, particularly in forensic situations such as criminal proceedings as well as in gatekeeping evaluations (e.g., child custody assessments), in which examinees may have motivation to modify their clinical presentation. The ...

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