ERIC Number: ED198453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
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Effect of Two-Parent Home Background on Race Differences in Psychological Testing.
Inwald, Robin E.
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is the most widely used personality assessment instrument in law enforcement agencies today. Race-related differences on MMPI validity and clinical scales have been the subject of much debate and research in recent years. Male correction officer candidates (N=395) of white, Black and Hispanic origin completed the MMPI and the Inwald Personality Inventory (IPI), an inventory specifically designed for use in psychological screening of law enforcement officers. Significant differences between races were found on the L, F, K, Hs, Pt and Sc scales of the MMPI, and AS, PH, AN, IC, ID and UT scales of the IPI. When scores were analyzed for the sub-group of 258 candidates who reported being raised in two-parent homes, differences remained on only two scales. Hispanics scored higher than the other two groups on the L scale, and Blacks scored higher on the VT scale. Further consideration should be given to family background characteristics when exploring racial differences in personality testing. (Author/KMF)
Descriptors: Blacks, Correctional Institutions, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Hispanic Americans, Institutional Personnel, Law Enforcement, Nuclear Family, Personality Assessment, Personality Measures, Police, Psychometrics, Racial Differences, Screening Tests, Whites
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory