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ERIC Number: EJ761758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Using MMPI-A Profiles to Predict Success in a Military-Style Residential Treatment Program for Adolescents with Academic and Conduct Problems
Weis, Robert; Crockett, Thomas E.; Vieth, Sasha
Psychology in the Schools, v41 n5 p563-574 May 2004
Military-style residential treatment for adolescents with academic and conduct problems is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional school-based services. However, dropout from "boot camp" programs is a primary reason for their high cost. Social-emotional functioning before referral may differentiate adolescents who successfully complete these programs from those who withdraw. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A; Butcher et al., 1992) responses of 225 adolescents (16-18 years) with histories of truancy and antisocial behavior were subjected to profile analysis prior to participation in a 22-week, military-style treatment program. Elevations on the F (Frequency), 1 (Hs), and 3 (Hy) scales differentiated adolescents who dropped out of these programs from those who graduated. Logistic regression showed prediction accuracy to be 75%. School psychologists may use MMPI-A profiles, especially the 1/3 code type, to screen boot camp candidates, maximize adolescents' likelihood of success, and reduce costs due to attrition. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory