ERIC Number: ED353497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-15
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Effects of Incest: A Cluster Analysis of MMPI Profiles.
Ritchey, Kathleen M.; Dixon, David N.
This study was conducted to assess the effects of incest using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). Women (N=81) seeking counseling for issues related to an incestuous childhood and nonsexually abused adult female counseling clients (N=90) completed the MMPI and a background information questionnaire. The groups were compared by completing cluster analyses on each group's profiles. Three distinct clusters were identified for both the incest and control groups. For the incest group, these were labeled "angry and confused,""overwhelmed," and "normal." For the control group, clusters were labeled "normal,""overwhelmed," and "somaticizer." The only profiles that clearly differentiated the incest group from the control group were the "angry and confused" incest cluster and the "somaticizer" control cluster. The groups were also differentiated by the percentage of clients in each category, with the incest group showing an overall higher percentage with clinical elevations. The results suggest that incest victims are a heterogeneous client group who may require differentiated treatment approaches. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory