Accuracy may make a difference, but does a difference make for accuracy? A response to Pritchard and Rosenblatt

Malcolm D. Gynther, Samuel B. Green

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Abstract

D. A. Pritchard and A. Rosenblatt (see record 1980-11070-001) found no evidence of differential performance or predictive validity between Blacks' and Whites' MMPIs. A more comprehensive review of the relevant literature reveals striking item and scale score differences between the 2 ethnic groups, especially among normals. Smaller differences are also noted among deviant groups. In both cases, Blacks tended to obtain higher scores than Whites on scales F, Sc, and Ma. These results suggest that compared with Whites, more Black normals are likely to be falsely identified as deviant, and fewer Black patients are likely to be incorrectly classified as normal. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-272
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1980

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Keywords

  • A. Rosenblatt
  • racial differences, item &
  • scale scores on MMPI, literature review, criticism of article by D. A. Prichard &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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