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- abbr. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
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- Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
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- n. a self-report personality inventory consisting of 550 items that describe feelings or actions which the person is asked to agree with or disagree with; many scales estimating traits and qualities of personality have been developed using MMPI items
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(The MMPI is a personality questionnaire that helps to identify mental-health issues in respondents.)
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I remember as a collegian taking the famed Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory MMPI, a psychological inventory which included a yes-or-no question that gave me a laugh and a shudder: "I have heard the voice of God."
Led by Twenge, researchers at five universities analyzed the responses of 77,576 high school or college students who, from 1938 through 2007, took the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, or MMPI.
Twenge notes the MMPI isn't given only to those who seek services.
(Many who answered the MMPI questionnaire were students in introductory psychology courses at four-year institutions.)
Jean Twenge identified a large number of studies of the mental health of American secondary school pupils and undergraduates where the same method (the MMPI) had been used.
On a Pittsburgh psych office wall there hangs framed an MMPI output whose line across seven scales is 50 (+/-) 3%.
If you can show me MMPI scores on the Democrats in Congress, proving they're all weenies, I will change my tune.
These same critics have pointed out that the RIM does not correlate well with the MMPI, while ignoring not only method differences between the instruments but also research showing that the RIM and MMPI correlate quite well when people respond to both instruments in an open and forthcoming manner, as opposed to being guarded and defensive on either or both.