Psychologists and Attorneys in Court: How to Avoid Being Lost at Sea With the MMPI

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 217–218. Reviews the book, The MMPI, MMPI-2, and MMPI-A in Court: A Practical Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys by Kenneth S. Pope, James N. Butcher, and Joyce Seelen (1993). The volume is intended, in part, to prepare psychologists to present coherent, accurate, and understandable testimony about use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) in their forensic activities. For the most part, it accomplishes this goal very well. Written with the intention of being useful for the seasoned as well as the novice psychologist-witness, the book contains detailed descriptions of the MMPI, MMPI-2, and MMPI-A, including the development, psychometric properties, and different forensic applications of these tests. One of the most useful aspects of the volume is its extensive discussion of deposition, direct, and cross-examination questions that should be posed to expert witnesses testifying about the MMPI. Yet this book provides excellent cartography for the two professional groups most concerned with navigating the uncertainties of psychological testimony. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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