MMPI Test Online

by Ramon on August, 1

in science,Therapy

I recently did the MMPI test online which you can find here http://geisel.narod.ru/mmpi2.htm.   I’ve been looking at easing the transition for Aspie kids into adulthood, and thought it might give me some insights.  I found it quite interesting although it takes quite some time to complete.  You can do the short form which might take an hour or the long form which may take a couple of hours (90 minutes if you are quick).  It’s so long, I actually completed it over 2 days!

 

Background of the MMPI

MMPI stands for Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory,  this version is later revision 2.  The test was originally developed by Hathaway & McKinley (Clinical psychologist Starke Rosecrans Hathaway, PhD (1903–1984) & Neuropsychiatrist Dr John Charnley McKinley, MD, PhD (1891-1950)) at the university of Minnesota who started working on the test in the early 1930’s.  Revisions were made around 1989/2001.  As I understand, it is copyright the University of Minnesota, so it was good to find the MMPI-2 test free online as these tools (the result of a significant amount of worthwhile research, presumably at least partially publically funded) are often kept behind closed doors.

 

Usage

The MMPI is a widely used psychometric test which is used today both as a way for mental health professionals to gain insight into known or suspected personality disorders as well as other groups.  Mental health professionals use it to assist with diagnosis of various conditions including autism, borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, schizophrenia,

Non-mental health professionals using the MMPI include various governmental services (eg corrective services, child protection agencies) and even employers for screening job applicants.

There are other versions of the MMPI available including for adolescents.

 

Interpretation of the MMPI results

Interpretation is a little tricky, but a search on Google brought up this page which I found the most useful.  http://www.scarletline.com/aglezerman/mmpiinter.html.   This link http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologicaltesting/a/mmpi_2.htm also gives a good overview.  Looking into high scoring areas (over 60/80) provides some points for personal reflection and hopefully insight.

Having done it, I can see that there is considerable justification for criticism of the test, especially as earlier versions were not scaled (statistically aligned to society averages).  Also, interpretation could be subjective based on the intended use of the test especially since it is now fare more widely used than originally intended.

 

Summary

Despite its shortcomings, doing the MMPI test online was an interesting exercise.  I was looking to gain insight into easing the transition for Asperger children into adulthood.  I am not yet at the point where I have had any flashes of brilliance, but hopefully I am on the path to understanding how to help lift the Asperger fog a little faster.

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