Essentials of MMPI-2 Assessment, Second Edition
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Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need toconfidently administer, score, and interpret the MMPI®-2

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI®-2) is the most widely used test in the world for personality assessment. To use it properly, professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidance on how to administer, score, and interpret this test. Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and literature on this test, Essentials of MMPI®-2 Assessment, Second Edition is that source.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, this book is designed to help busy mental health professionals, and those in training, quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Essentials of MMPI®-2 Assessment, Second Edition adds new material on the MMPI®-2 RC and the MMPI®-2 RF, providing step-by-step guidance on test administration, scoring, and interpretation. Additionally, the author provides his expert assessment of the test's relative strengths and weaknesses, valuable advice on its clinical applications, and several illuminating case reports.


David S. Nichols, PhD, worked as a staff clinical psychologist for Oregon State Hospital in Portland for twenty-seven years. He has conducted research on and written about the MMPI® for more than thirty years.


Series Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

One History and Development 1

Two Administration 19

Three Scoring 28

Four Introduction to Interpretation 33

Five Assessing Protocol Validity 45

Six The Standard Clinical Scales 89

Seven The Content and Content Component, Personality Psychopathology–5 (PSY-5 ), Restructured Clinical (RC), and Supplementary Scales 208

Eight Profile Patterns and Codetypes 257

Nine Strengths and Weaknesses of the MMPI-2 295

Ten Clinical Applications of the MMPI-2 307

Eleven Illustrative Case Report 323

References 343

Annotated Bibliography 359

About the Author 363

Index 365