This study evaluated the hypothesis that a response set accounts for relationships between obvious or subtle statements and criteria by assessing the discriminant validity of two MMPI scales subdivided by raters on the obvious‐subtle dimension. One hundred male college students completed the MMPI and several other questionnaires and performance tests selected to serve as criteria. Results suggest that obvious items do not possess significant discriminant validity, a finding that would be consistent with a response set interpretation. Relationships formed between subtle subscales and criteria did not suggest a response set interpretation, although a straightforward demonstration of discriminant validity was not found. The full scales appear to possess more discriminant validity than their obvious and subtle subscales.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychology|
|State||Published - Jan 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology