MMPI-2 F Scale Elevations in Adult Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, MMPI-2, Malingering, Dissociation
Journal of Traumatic Stress
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.
Klotz Flitter, J. M.,
Elhai, J. D.,
Gold, S. N.
(2003). MMPI-2 F Scale Elevations in Adult Victims of Child Sexual Abuse. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 16(3), 269-274.
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