Validity of the MMPI-A structural summary in a forensic sample: effects of ethnicity, gender, and age

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dc.contributor.author Slatkoff, Joshua
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-25T17:11:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-25T17:11:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en
dc.date.issued 2010-01-25T17:11:40Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2099
dc.description.abstract The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) Structural Summary was developed to aid in parsimonious interpretation of the instrument s 69 scales and subscales. The current study of 130 male and female young offenders had two goals: (1) evaluate the criterion validity of the Structural Summary as a function of ethnicity (First Nation versus Caucasian), gender, and age (16 years and under versus 17 years and older); (2) examine ethnic, gender, and age differences in the elevation of Structural Summary scores. The MMPI-A Structural Summary showed strong evidence of criterion validity and few ethnic, gender, or age differences were noted. However, compared to Caucasian youth, statistically significant and clinically meaningful elevations were found for First Nations youth on four of eight Structural Summary dimensions. As well, older adolescents were more elevated than younger adolescents on a dimension measuring general maladjustment. Results reflect substantive differences in psychopathology rather than an artefact of test bias. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject adolescent psychopathology en
dc.subject diagnosis en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Psychology en
dc.title Validity of the MMPI-A structural summary in a forensic sample: effects of ethnicity, gender, and age en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Strauss, Esther
dc.degree.department Dept. of Psychology en
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en

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