ERIC Number: ED415320
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Publication Date: 1995
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The Utility of the MAPI in Predicting Urban Middle School Competence.
Paulus, John A.; Perosa, Linda M.
A sample of 107 eighth graders from a large urban middle school in the Midwest was administered the Millon Adolescent Personality Inventory (MAPI) to determine its utility in predicting grades earned, attendance, and social competence. The results of hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicated that the MAPI coping patterns significantly predicted social competence. Two specific MAPI coping patterns helped explain some of the variance of average grades. Female students received significantly better grades. Results are discussed in terms of the utility of the MAPI, the MAPI coping patterns, and T. Millon's biosocial learning theory in explaining urban middle school competence. As expected, the active-dependent, sociable, gregarious, talkative coping pattern had a strong positive association with social competence. The passive-independent, confident, narcissistic pattern also had a strong positive relationship to urban middle school competence, while an active-detached, avoidant coping pattern was associated with low ratings of social competence. The active-ambivalent, moody, negativistic coping pattern was also negatively related to social competence. These results are to some degree consistent with other studies of adolescent coping. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables, and 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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