Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Comparative validity of MMPI-A scales scores in African American and Caucasian male juvenile delinquents
by Wilson, Stacy Natasha, Psy.D., Old Dominion University, 2011, 62; 3430309
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined comparative validity of the MMPI-A scale scores of African American and Caucasian male juvenile delinquents utilizing a step down hierarchical regression procedure proposed by Laughtenschlager & Mendoza (1986). The MMPI-A (Butcher et al., 1992) was administered to 281 African American and Caucasian juvenile delinquents while their caretakers filled out the CBCL (Achenbach, 1991; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001) and DBRS (Barkley & Murphy, 1998), which were used as extra-test measures. Significant overall prediction bias was detected in 15 out of 56 regressions. Statistically significant prediction bias was found for a subset of criterion variables for Clinical Scales 2, 4, and 9, as well as Content Scales A-dep, A-hea, A-ang, and A-con and Supplementary Scale IMM. Slope bias was found for A-hea with "DSM-Oriented Somatic Problems". Statistically significant intercept bias was demonstrated for 13 out of 56 criterion variables. Overall, when statistically significant intercept bias was found, none exceeded a small effect size. Possible practical implications and directions for future research are presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Handel, Richard
Commitee:
School: Old Dominion University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 71/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Mental health
Keywords: CBCL, Child behavior checklist, Juvenile delinquent, MMPIA, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent
Publication Number: 3430309
ISBN: 9781124299785
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