Behavioral correlates of the 2–7−8 MMPI profile type in students at a university mental health center

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Abstract

Behavioral correlates were determined for 39 male and 21 female college students who requested psychological treatment at a university mental health clinic and who obtained their 3 highest elevations on Scales 2, 7, and 8 of the MMPI. Single sample and split sample replication techniques were applied to compare commonly employed statistical validation procedures. Males demonstrated a mixture of neurotic and psychotic characteristics and were similar to previously described “2-7-8” interpretive descriptions. The females, however, appeared more neurotic and were not typical of the previously identified 2-7-8 type, which suggests possible sex differences in interpretation. The split sample statistical procedure resulted in fewer and, in some cases, different descriptors than did the single sample method. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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