Construct validation of the Overcontrolled Hostility scale of the MMPI

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Administered the Overcontrolled Hostility (O-H) scale of the MMPI to 110 male forensic psychiatric patients at a state hospital. Anamnestic data were used to divide Ss with a criminal record of assault into overcontrolled or undercontrolled personality types. The O-H scale significantly discriminated between these 2 criterion groups, thus supporting its construct validity. High-O-H patients were characterized by rigidity, excessive control, repression of conflicts, the ability to delay immediate gratification, and a reluctance to express psychiatric symptoms. High-O-H patients reported less alienation, anxiety, and anger than did low-O-H patients. (1 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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