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ERIC Number: EJ1008849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1073-1911
The Effect of Client Ethnicity on Clinical Interpretation of the MMPI-2
Knaster, Cara A.; Micucci, Joseph A.
Assessment, v20 n1 p43-47 Feb 2013
Client ethnicity has been shown to affect clinicians' diagnostic impressions. However, it is not known whether interpretation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) clinical scales is affected by ethnic bias. In this study, clinicians (82 males, 60 females) provided severity ratings for six symptoms based on three MMPI-2 profiles (representing the 27/72, 49/94, and 68/86 code-types) with the ethnicity of the client randomly assigned as either African American or Caucasian. To determine whether symptom severity ratings based on MMPI-2 profiles were affected by ethnicity, a 3 (code-type) x 2 (ethnicity) MANOVA was performed. Neither the main effect for ethnicity nor the ethnicity x code-type interaction was significant. These results indicated that the symptom severity ratings based on the MMPI-2 clinical scales were not affected by the client's identification as African American or Caucasian. Future studies are needed to explore the interpretation of profiles from clients representing other ethnic groups and for female clients. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory