Diagnostic utility of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form in the epilepsy monitoring unit: Considering sex differences

Cayla J. Duncan, Nicole Roberts, Kristin A. Kirlin, David Parkhurst, Mary Burleson, Joseph F. Drazkowski, Joseph I. Sirven, Katherine H. Noe, Amy Z. Crepeau, Matthew T. Hoerth, Dona E.C. Locke

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Abstract

Psychological assessment measures are frequently used to evaluate patients in epilepsy monitoring units. One goal of that assessment is to contribute information that may help with differential diagnosis between epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) is one such measure. Del Bene et al. (2017) recently published an analysis that was the first to compare MMPI-2-RF scale elevations between diagnostic groups stratified by sex. The purpose of the present study was to replicate that analysis in a larger sample. Similar to previous work, we found that both men and women with PNES were more likely than men and women with epilepsy to report high levels of somatic complaints (2 to 5 times greater odds of somatic symptom reporting) and a variety of types of complaints. Mood disturbance scales were not significantly elevated in our PNES sample. Results contribute to the small body of research on sex differences in patients with PNES and suggest that somatization is a key characterization across sexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-122
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume88
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • MMPI-2-RF
  • Personality assessment
  • Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Duncan, C. J., Roberts, N., Kirlin, K. A., Parkhurst, D., Burleson, M., Drazkowski, J. F., Sirven, J. I., Noe, K. H., Crepeau, A. Z., Hoerth, M. T., & Locke, D. E. C. (2018). Diagnostic utility of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form in the epilepsy monitoring unit: Considering sex differences. Epilepsy and Behavior, 88, 117-122. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2018.08.033