Psychological assessment is the process of integrating information gathered from different sources. You can obtain valuable information from psychological testing. Interview with medical practitioners could also yield important information about the medical records of the individual. Another source of information is the client himself or herself, and it is done through observation or face-to-face interview.Psychological testing is part of the process- psychological assessment. This process is done by making inference about the individual using the sample behavior. These samples of behavior would mean observations of an individual over time while performing tasks. Oftentimes, it only means the test scores. Responses were then compiled into statistical tables to compare the behavior of the individual vis-à-vis the responses of the norm group.
[...] Individuals should not attempt to score and interpret the results of MMPI-2 if they are not trained in psychological assessment, accuracy and in-depth knowledge of the test in required. The individual must have the knowledge about standardized testing theory and the individual must also know the personality profile of various combinations of different subscales. Lastly the individual must be able to make the right diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. Interpretation of MMPI-2 without considering the social, cultural, medical and other psychological data of the individual is a sign of neglect. [...]
[...] Others have said that real patients tend to present complex patterns of symptoms and the removal of the common variance will make RC scales less effective in assessing personality disorders. Summary and Conclusion Psychological assessment entails an integration of information gathered from different sources. This is the integration of data coming from test results, medical data, personal data and other suitable information. Psychological testing is one tool being utilized to gather information about the individual. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2 (MMPI- is the most preferred test nowadays because of its predictive property. It measures adult psychopathology and extensively used by clinicians and other mental health professionals. [...]
[...] This scale includes 32 items that tries to reflect the individual's preoccupation about physical problems but the physical problem is actually the manifestation of a psychological problem. The second scale is about depression. There are 57 items that assess depressed mood or clinical depression of a person. Next one scale is measuring hysteria and it includes 60 items that gauge the individual's specific physical complaints and the rejection of concern about that physical problem. The scale also tries to sense inability to deal efficiently with life stresses. [...]
[...] It has been noted that the weaknesses of the clinical scales of the MMPI and MMPI-2 is the overlapping of concepts and heterogeneity. The empirical research done during the construction of MMPI was not corrected during the development of MMPI-2. However the authors of the second edition of MMPI developed the RC scales. Basic psychometric data obtained from the sample population plus several psychiatric settings are also included in the manual for the RC scales. The approach used by Hathaway and McKinley in constructing the original clinical scale which is the empirical criterion-keying approach resulted item overlap among the scales. [...]
[...] Specifically, MMPI-2 could be used to help in assessing the major indications of social and personal maladjustment. It could also be used to screen candidates for high risk positions. Support the administrators and counselors in developing career programs for adults and college students and could facilitate counseling process. It could also be beneficial to criminal justice and correctional practitioners. They could use this test in planning activities for the detainees and also can be used as an assessment tool in their treatment and management programs. [...]
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