Faculty Publications

Title

Sex differences on the MMPI-2 substance abuse scales in psychiatric inpatients

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psychological Reports

Volume

84

Issue

2

First Page

582

Last Page

584

Abstract

Sex differences on the MMPI-2 addiction scales (MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale-Revised, Addiction Acknowledgement Scale. Addiction Potential Scale) and their ability to distinguish between substance-abusing and nonabusing psychiatric inpatients were examined. Men obtained higher mean raw scores than women on the MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale-Revised and the Addiction Acknowledgement Scale, and substance abusers scored higher on all three scales. Even relatively low cutoff scores, however, on the MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale-Revised resulted in false negative rates of 37 to 39%. The results support the utility of the MMPI-2 substance abuse scales; however, lower cutoff scores should be used with women and within a psychiatric population.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1999

DOI of published version

10.2466/pr0.1999.84.2.582

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