Discriminant validation of an MMPI measure of aggression

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Abstract

An MMPI measure of aggression formed by summing scales F (Frequency), 4 (Psychopathic Deviate), and 9 (Hypomania) discriminated 3 groups of neuropsychiatric outpatients (N = 138) defined by qualitative and quantitative differences in violent behavior. Results indicate that the group differences cannot be attributed to differences in more general factors such as age, sex, education, IQ, or degree of overall psychopathology, reflecting favorably on the measure's discriminant validity. However, there was sufficient overlap among the distributions of groups to call its clinical utility into question. Further research appears to be needed in order to better define what this scale measures as well as its range of applicability. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-314
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1984

Keywords

  • discriminant validity, MMPI measure of aggression, neuropsychiatric outpatients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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