The MMPI as a screening device in an academic setting

John H. Hewitt, Leon A. Rosenberg

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Ninety-five graduates of three courses at the Army hledical Service School mere administered, upon admittance, the Shortened Version of the Group Form of the MMPI in an attempt to determine the predictive value of this test. Profiles obtained from this group mere compared with those of 16 subjects who were not admitted to a course, and with those of 11 subjects who failed a course. Results indicated that the profiles obtained by all three groups were essentially the same, with those of the group admitted being slightly more “abnormal.” Traditional methods of selecting deviant profiles, such as counting “peaks” or critical items, were useless in predicting success or failure. The study found no single measure or combination of measures by the hiMPI which mould provide interviewers with clues regarding a given individual's chances for success in a course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1962
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Mathematics


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