Assessment of Chronic Pain Patients with the MMPI-2
Supplies clinicians with data on the applicability of previous MMPI chronic pain research to the revised version of the test.
This book provides valuable clinical data on the applicability of chronic pain research on the original MMPI to the assessment of pain with the MMPI-2, the first revision of the standardized personality test most often used with this patient population. Analyses of the data from over 400 subjects indicate that the MMPI-2 validity, clinical, and supplementary scales provide the same type of personality and symptom information about the chronic pain population as did the original MMPI scales. The analyses further suggest that the MMPI-2 may be particularly useful discrimination degree of depression among chronic pain inpatients and that several of the new content scales will likely provide useful indices in the assessment of chronic pain. The authors offer interpretive strategies for assessing pain patients with the MMPI-2 as well as recommending directions for future research.
Laura S. Keller is staff psychologist in the adult outpatient program, mental health division of Human Services, Inc., in Washington County (Minnesota). James N. Butcher is professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota.
“A comprehensive and penetratingly analyzed review of the literature of chronic pain and ... work done with the MMPI in regard to pain....The data collected made possible meaningful comparisons between original MMPI and MMPI-2 data and a host of demographic and psychosocial variables.” -from the foreword by Wilber Fordyce