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December 26, 1942

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Schedule

JAMA. 1942;120(17):1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830520091038

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This is a psychometric device useful in personality evaluation by psychiatrist, personnel worker or psychologist. It is particularly devised to bring to light persons with significant neurotic or psychopathic tendencies. The test consists primarily of five hundred and fifty statements, each printed on a separate card, covering a wide variety of subjects and interests. Attitudes about health, religion, sexual and general social attitudes and occupational interests indicate the range of interests touched on. The test is easy to administer, since the subject has merely to sort the cards into the three categories true, false or cannot say. The sorted cards are tabulated so as to provide a basic record, which may be scored at present by keys which measure hysteria, depression, hypochondriasis, psychopathic personality and masculinity-femininity. Additional keys are being developed, e. g. a key for paranoia. The standard data were obtained from studies of 700 normal adults and from

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