Profile classification strategies for the Personality Inventory for Children

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Abstract

Examined 2 profile classification strategies for use with the 12 clinical scales of the Personality Inventory for Children (PIC): reciprocal 2-point code types and code type factor clusters. The PIC profiles of 556 children, who comprised 6 of the criterion groups used in PIC scale development, and the 6-16 yr old normative sample (n = 2,390) were classified by each system. Differences in frequencies across criterion groups of all the examined classification categories were significant and conceptually meaningful. Only 12% of the normative profiles had 2 or more PIC clinical scales with T scores greater than 69. Additional study of a heterogeneous sample of 691 child guidance protocols compared code type classification rates using traditional rules with a revised classification system based on previous actuarial study of individual profile scales. The possible interpretive significance of obtained sex and age differences in code type frequencies is discussed, as are proposed efforts to develop optimum code type interpretations. (39 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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