Using the MMPI-2 in Forensic Assessment
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Forensic psychologists often rely on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) to evaluate clients involved in civil and criminal cases. Because test results can have a significant influence on court decisions, psychologists need to understand how to make full use of the MMPI-2 in forensic settings. Building on his popular series of MMPI-2 books, James N. Butcher and his coauthors have written a guide based on decades of research and personal experience. Following a brief overview of the MMPI-2 and its various scales, the authors fully explore its applications in various forensic settings, including personal injury and workers' compensation claims, immigration relief and deportation cases, and criminal investigations. Clear, practical guidelines bolstered by illustrative case examples will help psychologists understand legal and cultural factors that may influence the assessment process; evaluate neuropsychological issues, such as brain injury; employ computerized interpretations; and present results in testimony and written reports.