ERIC Number: ED353341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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Hypnotic Susceptibility and Personality as Measured by the MMPI-2.
Parker, Wayne D.
This study evaluated personality variables that underlie hypnotic susceptibility. It was correlational, did not require ongoing contact with participants, and included a validation study as an integral component. The subjects were 359 college students (250 in the original sample and 109 in the cross validation study) taking undergraduate courses in educational psychology, educational statistics, and tests and measurements at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Melei and Hilgard Questionnaire (demographic and attitudinal measures), and the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility were administered. The MMPI-2 scales, attitudes toward hypnosis, predictions of hypnotizability, and demographic variables were correlated with scores on the Harvard Scale. Stepwise multiple regression was used to maximize the ability of the variables to predict hypnotic susceptibility. Pearson product-moment correlations were computed. Attitudinal variables were consistently related to susceptibility, although the practical significance was marginal, with these measures accounting for only 10 to 13 percent of the variance in scores on the Harvard Scale. No consistent relationships were found between MMPI-2 variables and hypnotic susceptibility. The MMPI-2 variables explored included response set, existing MMPI-2 scales both singly and in combination, and individual items on the instrument. Included are 3 tables and 54 references. (RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory