Predicting with the MMPI the adjustment of juvenile delinquents to institutionalization: does gender make a difference?

D. Boone, S. B. Green

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Relationships between Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) scales and criteria were evaluated to determine if the MMPI is gender biased when considering a juvenile delinquent population. The MMPI was administered to 549 juvenile delinquents: 105 Black men, 37 Black women, 331 White men, and 76 White women. In addition, behavioral and rating measures were collected; they served as adjustment criteria. Except for the criterion assessing neurotic symptomatology, equations that regressed criteria on MMPI scales neither underpredicted nor overpredicted for a gender. The MMPI tended to underpredict ratings of neurotic symptomatology for women. Significant differences in correlation coefficients for Black men and women occurred for the behavioral, nonrating criteria. Scale 4 was the best predictor for Black men, whereas Scales, 8, F, 1, and 2 tended to be the best predictors for Black women. Some possible explanations for these results are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-76
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume57
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Predicting with the MMPI the adjustment of juvenile delinquents to institutionalization : does gender make a difference? / Boone, D.; Green, S. B.

In: Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 57, No. 1, 08.1991, p. 61-76.

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