June 1969

A Handbook of MMPI Group Profiles.

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By Richard I. Lanyon, PhD. Price, $7.50. Pp 74. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):738-739. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180122023

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A major characteristic of the construction and validation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) has been a rigorously behavioral and empirical focus; that is, a concern for descriptive data regarding the validity of the instrument with respect to differing behavioral and diagnostic characteristics. This volume by Lanyon is a worthy addition to the growing body of literature.

The handbook is a collection of representative MMPI group profiles (a total of 297) obtained by various researchers who administered the inventory to persons in various groups classified by diagnostic or behavioral characteristics. It is designed as a source book of basic data to be drawn upon for both research and clinical purposes. Guidelines employed in the selection of articles were: (1) noteworthy behavioral or biographical characteristics defined independently of the MMPI; (2) at least a minimal amount of descriptive information available about the group; and (3)

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