Tuesday, December 15, 2020

MMPI-3 is released

MMPI-3 Logo
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), developed by University of Minnesota researchers, clinical psychologist Starke Hathaway, PhD, and neuropsychiatrist J. Charnley McKinley, MD, in 1943, is a standardized psychometric test of adult personality. The MMPI helps psychologists to help develop treatment plans, assist with diagnosis and more.

Now, in a UMN Inquiry article, titled “New Release of World-Standard Psych Test for Today’s Population,” the advent of MMPI-3 was discussed. Auke Tellegen, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, and Yosef Ben-Porath, Phd, professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University led the development of the MMPI-3. They worked to ensure that the test continued to be accurate and effective.

While the MMPI was updated in 1989 as the MMPI-2 and there have been improvements since its release, the MMPI-3 is the first full revision since then. Revisions for the MMPI-3 included simplifying and adding questions addressing issues such as eating-disorders and compulsivity. A new normative sample was collected as the basis for the MMPI-3 measures. Data was collected from over 16,000 people in mental health, medical care, forensic, and public safety settings as well as 8,000 college students. The sample was more demographically inclusive, including Spanish-language norms.

The MMPI-3 has been recalibrated in order to be more accurate and effective for the times.

Composed by Flora Pollack, communications assistant.