Predicting With the MMPI the Adjustment of Juvenile Delinquents to Institutionalization: Does Gender Make a Difference?

Daniel Boone, Samuel B. Green

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Abstract

Relationships between Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory tMMPI) 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 iuvenile delinquents: SOS Biack men, 57 3iack women, 331 White men, and 76 White women, In addition, behavioral and rating measures were collected; thev served as. adjustment criteria. Except, tor the criterion assessing neurotic symptomatology, equation? that regressed criteria on MMPI scales neither underpredicted nor overpredicted for a gender. The MMPI tended to underpredict ratings of neurotic symptomatology tor women. Significant differences in correlation coefficients tor Biack. men and women occurred for the behavioral, nonrating criteria. Scale 4 was the best predictor for Black men, whereas Scales 8, F, I, and 2 tended to be the best predictors for Black women. Some possible explanations for these results are ottered.

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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