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J Pers Assess. 1978 Apr;42(2):148-51.

MMPI scale development methodology.

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  • 1Dept. of Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock 79409, USA.


A multitude of special MMPI scales have been developed without sufficient consideration for the methodology of empirical scale construction. Suggestions are presented in this article regarding the selection of items for a new MMPI scale and the tasks needed for the evaluation of a new scale. An investigator who develops a new MMPI scale should consider (a) the need for K corrections of scale scores, and (b) the possibility that the information provided by the special scale can also be obtained from the standard MMPI scales.

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