Use of the MMPI-2 in Neuropsychological Evaluations

Carlton S. Gass

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Use of the MMPI-2 in Neuropsychological Evaluations

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The measurement of personality and psychopathology in neuropsychological contexts is essential because brain injury affects psychological status, and psychological problems can mimic brain dysfunction. A neuropsychological evaluation is incomplete without an assessment of personality and emotional status. The MMPI-2 is, by far, the most widely researched and clinically utilized test to meet this need. The long history of its use in neuropsychology has generated numerous areas of investigation designed specifically to enhance its application with individuals with known or suspected brain damage. The MMPI-2 content scales, subscales, and RC Scales provide information that helps the clinician refine and supplement interpretation of Clinical Scales. This article reviews special administrative and interpretive considerations that apply in neuropsychological settings. It looks at recent and controversial developments in MMPI-2 research and application.

Keywords: MMPI-2; personality; psychopathology; neuropsychology; brain injury; neuropsychological evaluation; Clinical Scales; RC Scales; content scales; subscales

Article.  16899 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Social Psychology

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