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Criteria for assessing inconsistent patterns of item endorsement on the MMPI: Rationale, development, and empirical trials

Criteria for assessing inconsistent patterns of item endorsement on the MMPI: Rationale,... The concepts nonresponsivity (stimulus avoidance) and content responsive faking (dissimulation) are reviewed and sharply distinguished for their implications for MMPI validity. Although conventional validity scales and indices may be sensitive to content responsive faking, these measures are poorly suited for assessing content nonresponsivity, which is better evaluated with reference to the consistency of item endorsements. A set of rationally derived decisions rules for evaluating content nonresponsivity is presented and investigated empirically. In three studies, each of which compares psychiatric patients with a different set of computer‐generated data, the performance of the decision rules and the consistency measures that comprise them was generally superior to traditional measures. The use of consistency‐based invalidity criteria is recommended for both clinical and research purposes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Clinical Psychology Wiley

Criteria for assessing inconsistent patterns of item endorsement on the MMPI: Rationale, development, and empirical trials

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1989 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0021-9762
eISSN
1097-4679
DOI
10.1002/1097-4679(198903)45:2<239::AID-JCLP2270450210>3.0.CO;2-1
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Abstract

The concepts nonresponsivity (stimulus avoidance) and content responsive faking (dissimulation) are reviewed and sharply distinguished for their implications for MMPI validity. Although conventional validity scales and indices may be sensitive to content responsive faking, these measures are poorly suited for assessing content nonresponsivity, which is better evaluated with reference to the consistency of item endorsements. A set of rationally derived decisions rules for evaluating content nonresponsivity is presented and investigated empirically. In three studies, each of which compares psychiatric patients with a different set of computer‐generated data, the performance of the decision rules and the consistency measures that comprise them was generally superior to traditional measures. The use of consistency‐based invalidity criteria is recommended for both clinical and research purposes.

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Journal of Clinical PsychologyWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1989

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