Borderline personality disorder: Replication of MMPI profiles

Robert J. Resnick, Solomon C. Goldberg, S. Charles Schulz, Patricia M. Schulz, Robert M. Hamer, Robert O. Friedel

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The purpose of this study was to determine whcther a particular MMPI profile is associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Forty‐seven symptomatic volunteers who satisfied DSM‐III criteria for borderline and/or schizotypal personality disorder were given the full MMPI. Concordance of MMPI profile for BDP confirmed the findings of four previous studies. Elevations were noted on F, D, PD, PA, PT, and SC. A subject's profile with this pattern is interpreted from item content as generally neurotic, dysthymic, socially withdrawn, suspicious, apathetic toward the future, affectively erratic, unable to anticipate the consequences of his or her own behavior, and unable to judge the social desirability of his or her own behavior. Correlations of the foregoing scales with a total BPD score ranged from 0.44 to 0.77, with a multiple R of 0.80 and a cross validity of 0.77. The accuracy of predicting actual BPD and non‐BPD cases was 89%. Accordingly, the MMPI could be used as a coarse screen for BPD casefinding in that patients with the MMPI profiles above should be selected for more thorough diagnostic workup. In the future, the MMPI might be linked to other variables, such as drug response, to understand further the pathophysiology of BPD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-360
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1988


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