Psychometric evaluation of the restructured clinical scales of the MMPI-2

Leonard J. Simms, Alex Casillas, Lee Anna Clark, David Watson, Bradley N. Doebbeling

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Conceptual overlap and heterogeneity have long been noted as weaknesses of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory's clinical scales. Restructured clinical (RC) scales recently were developed to address these concerns (A. Tellegen et al., 2003). The authors evaluated the psychometric properties of the RC scales in psychology clinic clients (N = 285) and military veterans (N = 567). The RC scales were as internally consistent as the clinical scales and correlated strongly with their original counterparts (except for RC3/Hysteria). They also were less intercorrelated, produced conceptually clearer relations with measures of personality and psychopathology, and yielded somewhat greater incremental utility than the clinical scales. Thus, the RC scales demonstrated several psychometric strengths while utilizing 60% fewer items, but the 2 sets of scales cannot be used interchangeably. Interpretive considerations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-358
Number of pages14
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Incremental validity
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2
  • Personality assessment
  • Restructured clinical scales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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