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Classifying Criminal Offenders with the MMPI-2

The Megargee System

2001
Authors:

Edwin I. Megargee, Joyce L. Carbonell, Martin J. Bohn Jr., and Greta L. Sliger

Classifying Criminal Offenders with the MMPI-2

An essential resource for employing this widely used personality assessment test in correctional settings.

Originally developed in the 1970s and now revised for the MMPI-2, the Megargee System provides a method for classifying criminal offenders into groups based on their MMPI-2 profiles. This volume describes how the system was originally derived and validated and gives instructions on how to classify the original MMPI and MMPI-2 profiles of male and female criminal offenders. It integrates the findings of more than one hundred independent studies with previously unpublished original research investigating the characteristics of each of the system’s empirically derived male and female types. On the basis of these data, the authors recommend the optimal setting, change agent, and treatment program for each type of offender.

Psychology

An essential resource for employing this widely used personality assessment test in correctional settings.

Originally developed in the 1970s and now revised for the MMPI-2, the Megargee System provides a method for classifying criminal offenders into groups based on their MMPI-2 profiles. This empirically derived system has been investigated in a wide variety of criminal justice settings including corrections, probation, and parole. It has been tested in minimum, medium, and maximum federal, state, and military correctional institutions, in local jails, in halfway houses, and in forensic mental health units. Its use has been extended to female offenders, older men, and juvenile delinquents. Integrating thirty years of research, this new resource fully evaluates the reliability, validity, sources, and uses of the Megargee System.

Classifying Criminal Offenders with the MMPI-2 describes how the system was originally derived and validated and gives instructions on how to classify the original MMPI and MMPI-2 profiles of male and female criminal offenders. It integrates the findings of more than one hundred independent studies with previously unpublished original research investigating the characteristics of each of the system’s empirically derived male and female types. On the basis of these data, the authors recommend the optimal setting, change agent, and treatment program for each type of offender.

As the basic reference work on the MMPI-2 Megargee System, this volume will be an essential resource for criminal justice practitioners, psychologists interested in the MMPI-2, and researchers in criminal classification and personality assessment.


ISBN 0-8166-3045-3 Cloth/jacket £34.50 $49.95x
432 Pages 11 figures, 41 tables 5 7/8 x 9 June
MMPI-2 Monographs Series, volume 3
Translation Inquiries: University of Minnesota Press

Classifying Criminal Offenders with the MMPI-2

Edwin I. Megargee is professor of psychology at Florida State University and is recognized as the foremost expert on the use of the MMPI instruments in correctional settings. Joyce L. Carbonell is professor of psychology at Florida State University. Martin J. Bohn Jr. is chief psychologist at Florida State Hospital. Greta L. Sliger is a clinical psychologist in Tallahassee, Florida.

Classifying Criminal Offenders with the MMPI-2

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part I. Initial Development and Validation of the Megargee

Classification System
Chapter 1. Introduction to the MMPI-2 Based System of Offender Classification
Chapter 2. Development and Refinement of the Megargee System
Chapter 3. Classifying MMPI and MMPI-2 Profiles
Chapter 4. Reliability
Chapter 5. Generality

Part II. Determining the Characteristics of Male and Female MMPI and MMPI-2 Types

Chapter 6. Research Investigating the Characteristics of the Male Types
Chapter 7. Research Investigating the Prison Adjustment of the Male Types
Chapter 8. Research Investigating the Characteristics of the Female Types

Part III. Using the Megargee Classification System in Criminal Justice Settings: Descriptions and Treatment Recommendations for the Types

Chapter 9. Descriptions and Treatment of Low-Range Types: Item, Easy, Able, and Baker
Chapter 10. Descriptions and Treatment of Middle-Range Types: George, Delta, and Jupiter
Chapter 11. Descriptions and Treatment of High-Range Types: Foxtrot, Charlie, and How
Chapter 12. Conclusions

Notes
References

Appendixes
Appendix A. Descriptions of the MMPI-2 Scales
Appendix B. Procedures for Classifying the Original MMPIs of Male Offenders
Appendix C. Procedures for Classifying the Original MMPIs of Female Offenders
Appendix D. Procedures for Classifying the MMPI-2s of Male Offenders
Appendix E. Procedures for Classifying the MMPI-2s of Female Offenders
Appendix F. Guidelines for Classifying Multiply Classified MMPI-2 Profiles
Appendix G. Description of the Scales on the Adjective Checklist
Appendix H. Description of the Scales on the California Psychological Inventory
Index