A Comparison of MMPI-2 High-Point Coding Strategies

  title={A Comparison of MMPI-2 High-Point Coding Strategies},
  author={Robert E. McGrath and Tayyab Rashid and Judy Hayman and David L. Pogge},
  journal={Journal of Personality Assessment},
  pages={243 - 256}
High-point coding refers to the popular practice of classifying Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (Hathaway & McKinley, 1983) profiles based on which clinical scales are the most elevated. A previous review of high-point code studies (McGrath & Ingersoll, 1999a) noted marked discrepancies across studies in the rules used to define high-point codes. This study was conducted to evaluate the costs and benefits of different strategies for high-point coding. The impact of 4 rules for high… 

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MMPI profiles of males accused of severe crimes: a cluster analysis

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Evidence for response bias as a source of error variance in applied assessment.

This review yielded only 41 studies across the contexts of personality assessment, workplace variables, emotional disorders, eligibility for disability, and forensic populations, which concluded that support for the use of bias indicators was weak.

Conceptual Complexity and Construct Validity

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  • Psychology
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  • 2005
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Index to Volume 79

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Samples of 2,600 normative subjects and 423 psychiatric patients were utilized to examine the degree of congruence between Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and MMPI-2 code types, and code-type congruences were considerably greater than had been reported in the test manual.

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This article continues a review of the high-point code system studies of the MMPI. Using meta-analytic methods, we conducted an analysis of effect sizes associated with these studies. Effect sizes

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