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Psychological Assessment With the MMPI-2

By Alan F. Friedman, Richard W. Levak, David S. Nichols, James T. Webb

Routledge – 2000 – 728 pages

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User-friendly yet sophisticated, Psychological Assessment With the MMPI-2 will be welcomed by practicing psychologists, researchers, and students alike. This long-awaited second edition constitutes the single most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook of MMPI-2 interpretation. Completely rewritten to address the changes to the original instrument that resulted in the MMPI-2 in l989, it describes in detail all the MMPI-2 scales--clinical, supplementary, and content--and offers empirically-grounded and clinically-tested recommendations for their use. The last decade has seen an explosion of research, as well as a steady accumulation of experiential wisdom; bridging the gap between behavioral science and practice, the authors review all the major findings and their implications and draw on rich clinical material to illuminate the issues.

This second edition:

* helps users with forensic interests including attorneys needing a reference for expert review;

* gives step-by-step advice on interpreting profiles;

* includes treatment recommendations in the explanation of every code pattern;

* provides extensive guidance on report-writing for new users;

* compares the most current MMPI-2 computer reports;

* features numerous tables, figures, and appendices for all the MMPI-2 scales including the newer validity measures; and

* incorporates 570 references (235 completely new).


"This is an excellent book. For students who are learning about personality assessment, it provides an easy-to-read and engaging narrative. For more experienced clinicians who are interested in honing their MMPI-2 interpretive skills, it provides an up-to-date review of the research literature that is integrated with clinical lore and insights from the MMPI masters, including the present authors.sophistication is brought to bear throughout the book. In my view, readers will be quite pleased with their investment in this text."

Gregory J. Meyer

University of Alaska Anchorage

Praise for the first edition: "This MMPI text.will become the standard textbook for courses on the test. Nothing is in the running with it."

Paul E. Meehl

University of Minnesota

"Friedman, Lewak, Nichols, and Webb have done a masterful job of creating an extensively revised and expanded second edition of their guide to the MMPI. In addition to clinical interpretation suggestions for the MMPI-2 basic validity and clinical scales and subscales, the authors have also provided a rich review of the MMPI-2 content and supplementary scales. Researchers will benefit from the extensive references and rich appendix information provided in this text. Clinicians will undoubtedly appreciate the clinical treatment and patient feedback recommendations tied to many clinical scale and code pattern features, the emphasis placed on forensic applications of the MMPI-2, and the current and inclusive review of computerized interpretation approaches for this test instrument. This text will be a welcome addition for all those interested in maximizing the interpretation and integration of test results from the MMPI-2."

Robert P. Archer, Ph.D.

Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk

"For the student of personality assessment who is taking his or her first look at one of the current versions of the MMPI-2 or MMPI-A, the task of mastering the relevant background literature and interpretive lore is daunting, to say the least. A beginner facing this challenge is fortunate, indeed, to have this book in hand. While preserving the core of knowledge derived from the original MMPI, the text also summarizes the rapidly growing literature on the MMPI-2. Information about new scales and classic profile patterns have been brought together in a manageable format. Thus, the experienced user of these inventories is equally well served by this volume. The busy clinician who needs a summary of recent developments of the MMPI-2 will appreciate the authors' efforts to track down and summarize new material on the inventory."

W. Grant Dahlstrom, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, From the Foreword

"This encyclopedic effort is both thoroughly comprehensive and highly readable. The four authors, contributing specialized knowledge from different experiences and perspectives in their uses of the instrument, go from the origins and structure of the test step by step to a remarkable range of practical approaches and interpretive hypotheses, including extensive forensic considerations….This is a must book for anyone doing either clinical or forensic work with the MMPI-2 or personality assessment research in general."

Alex B. Caldwell, Ph.D.

Caldwell Report

Praise for the First Edition: "Clinical psychologists ought certainly to be familiar with the MMPI, and this book is without doubt the best introduction available. The authors have unrivaled experience with the MMPI, and it shows."

H.J. Eysenck, Ph.D.

University of London


Contents: W.G. Dahlstrom, Foreword. R.P. Archer, Foreword. Preface. Development of the MMPI and MMPI-2. Measures of Profile Validity. The Clinical Scales and Their Derivatives. Administration and Scoring. Interpreting the Validity Scales. Interpreting the MMPI-2 Clinical Scales. Interpreting the Content of the MMPI-2: Critical Items, Content Scales, and Subscales. Interpreting the Supplementary Scales. Interpretation and Report Writing. Computerized Interpretation of the MMPI-2. Appendices: Scoring Keys and Norms for MMPI-2 Scales and Critical Items. MMPI-2 Uniform and Linear T-Score Conversions for Validity, Clinical, Supplementary, Content, Content Component, Subscales, and Special Scales. Item Overlap and Intercorrelations Among the Standard MMPI-2 Validity and Clinical Scales in the Caldwell Clinical Data Set. K- and Non-K-Corrected T-Score Values for the MMPI-2 Basic Scales Based on the Original Minnesota Normative Group.

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Description: By Alan F. Friedman, Richard W. Levak, David S. Nichols, James T. Webb. User-friendly yet sophisticated, Psychological Assessment With the MMPI-2 will be welcomed by practicing psychologists, researchers, and students alike. This long-awaited second edition constitutes the single most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook of...
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