Reading the Road Signs: The Utility of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form Validity Scales in Prediction of Premature Termination

Joye C. Anestis, Jacob A. Finn, Emily Gottfried, Paul A. Arbisi, Thomas E. Joiner

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Abstract

This study examined the utility of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) Validity Scales in prediction of premature termination in a sample of 511 individuals seeking services from a university-based psychology clinic. Higher scores on True Response Inconsistency–Revised and Infrequent Psychopathology Responses increased the risk of premature termination, whereas higher scores on Adjustment Validity lowered the risk of premature termination. Additionally, when compared with individuals who did not prematurely terminate, individuals who prematurely terminated treatment had lower Global Assessment of Functioning scores at both intake and termination and made fewer improvements. Implications of these findings for the use of the MMPI-2-RF Validity Scales in promoting treatment compliance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-288
Number of pages10
JournalAssessment
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2015

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Keywords

  • MMPI-2-RF
  • assessment
  • outpatients
  • personality
  • termination
  • validity

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