College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Identifying Subtypes of Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: An MMPI-2 Cluster Analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2001

Keywords

Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, MMPI-2, Cluster Analysis

Publication Title

Journal of Traumatic Stress

ISSN

0894-9867

Volume

14

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

This paper investigated subtypes of women childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors through a cluster analysis of their Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) clinical and validity scales. Participants were 117 women in outpatient treatment for CSA aftereffects at a university-affiliated community mental health center. Three well-fitting MMPI-2 cluster solutions were evaluated with discriminant analyses and MANOVAs; a 5-cluster solution was deemed optimal. Follow-up analyses demonstrated significant between-cluster differences on the Impact of Event Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, Dissociative Experiences Scale, and nearly all Symptom Checklist-90-Revised subscales. No differences emerged when comparing clusters on the Family Environment Scale and their CSA characteristics. Implications were considered for research and clinical practice, using the MMPI-2 with CSA survivors.

DOI

10.1023/A:1007847901572

Peer Reviewed

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