The use of the MMPI-2 for the assessment of depressive and psychotic disorders

Scott Wetzler, Ali Khadivi, R. Kevin Moser

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Considering the normative changes incorporated into the MMPI-2 and the introduction of content scales, this study examined its usefulness for the diagnosis and assessment of depression and psychosis in a heterogeneous sample of 264 psychiatric inpatients. We examined the mean group profiles and diagnostic efficiency of single scales at specified cutoff scores for these conditions. We also conducted cross-validated stepwise regression using all the basic and content scales as well as hierarchical regression examining the incremental validity of the basic and content scales. In general, the MMPI-2 profiles were found to be sensitive to group differences and the derived regression equations proved to be stable and fairly good at classification; but single scales were less useful for diagnosis. Changes in norms made the MMPI-2 more specific than the MMPI, and the introduction of new content scales offered considerable additional clinical information and incremental validity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-261
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998


  • Depression
  • MMPI-2
  • Psychological assessment
  • Psychosis
  • Self-report tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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