Since the Second World War the MMPI has become synonymous with a self-administered personality assessment. It is the most widely used and most thoroughly researched of the objective personality assessment instruments available. Thus, this update should be helpful for all psychiatrists.
1. Scores for each of the clinical scales of the MMPI are obtained by:
A. Totalling the number of responses to which a patient has answered "true."
B. Totalling the number of responses to which a patient has answered "false."
C. Finding the total number of items to which a patient has responded in a manner similar to that of the criterion group for that scale.
D. Finding the total number of scorable responses and adding the weighted scores of the items found to be of particular discriminating value.
2. Findings that the MMPI could accurately identify psychogenic impotence:
A. Have not been replicated successfully.
B. Are reported in various settings.
C. Are especially applicable to patients with diabetes.
D. Are especially applicable to patients with multiple sclerosis.
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3. Patients are usually given the MMP1 when being evaluated by a physician:
A. Well in advance of their appointments (mailed to them) so the test results will be available when the patient arrives.
B. During the initial stages of the physical examination while they are waiting for laboratory tests and other appointments.
C. Just before the final medical consultation.
D. After completion of the physical examination (the booklet is to be returned by mail within the next few days).
4. When elderly individuals are confronted with objective personality tests such as the MMPI they:
A. Are for the most part very cooperative and produce valid results.
B. Are sometimes cooperative but frequently reluctant to submit to such an experience.
C. Find it very difficult to understand directions and follow the format of the test and therefore tend not to complete the test.
D. Generally ate unable to complete the test because of difficulty with eye-hand coordination and vision.
5. In comparison with the original MMPI norms, MMPI responses from a large contemporary sample of normal people:
A. Yielded slightly elevated profiles for both sexes.
B. Yielded generally lowered MMPI profiles for both sexes.
C. Showed virtually no changes for either sex.
D. Showed that women's MMPI profiles had greater changes than men's - a reflection of the impact of the feminist movement.