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ERIC Number: ED161903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Juvenile Delinquency and the Black Personality Profile.
Joseph, Andre
In a university with a large black middle class population, a study using 35 undergraduate students was carried out to ascertain the validity of personality assessment--specifically the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the California Psychological Inventory (CPI)--for black populations. The impetus for this study was the observation that an extremely high proportion of black personality profiles were invalid for instructional purposes in a personality assessment course. It appeared that the profiles of these black college students on both tests were grossly distorted toward the abnormal, probably due to differences in socialization between black and white populations. An average profile was developed for male and female black subjects. By comparing the profiles of the twenty-seven subjects who took both the MMPI and the CPI, it appeared that both tests could be viable means of prediction in the black community if they were properly standardized for that subgroup. It is believed that a new set of norms should be developed for the black subject (and any persons in the lower socioeconomic levels of society), since the present norms are obviously biased against such subgroups. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; California Psychological Inventory