MMPI discrimination of defensive and nondefensive felony sex offenders

Richard I. Lanyon, Robert W. Lutz

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90 indicted sex offenders (aged 21+ yrs) were divided into no-, part-, and full-denial groups and were administered the MMPI to examine the utility of MMPI validity indicators in successfully identifying Ss known to have engaged in defensive denial in real-life situations involving serious personal consequences. Part- and full-denial Ss were similar enough to be combined into a single-denial group. Group membership was predicted with 83% accuracy by a discriminant function involving the validity scales alone. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-843
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1984


  • accuracy of MMPI, identification of defensive &
  • nondefensive denial, sex offenders aged 21 yrs &
  • older

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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