Faculty Articles

Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2003

Publication Title

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Volume

16

Issue/Number

3

First Page

269

ISSN

0894-9867

Last Page

274

Abstract/Excerpt

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

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