College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

MMPI-2 F Scale Elevations in Adult Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2003

Keywords

Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, MMPI-2, Malingering, Dissociation

Publication Title

Journal of Traumatic Stress

ISSN

0894-9867

Volume

16

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

The present study assessed whether the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory—2 (MMPI-2) F scale elevations may reflect genuine trauma-related distress and/or psychopathology, rather than malingering, in a clinical sample of adult child sexual abuse (CSA) victims. Eighty-eight women seeking outpatient treatment for CSA after-effects participated. Self-report measures of dissociation, posttraumatic stress, depression, and family environment individually correlated significantly with F, and collectively accounted for 40% of its variance. Dissociation was the strongest predictor. Findings suggest that high F elevations may reflect genuine problem areas often found among CSA victims, rather than symptom overreporting.

DOI

10.1023/A:1023700208696