Faculty Publications

Title

Clinical utility of the MMPI-A content scales and Harris-Lingoes subscales in the assessment of suicidal risk factors in psychiatric adolescents

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Volume

54

Issue

2

First Page

191

Last Page

200

Abstract

This study of 143 inpatient adolescents (68 boys and 75 girls) investigated the clinical utility of the MMPI-A in assessing suicidal risk factors by examining the unique contribution of the content scales and Harris-Lingoes subscales beyond what is provided by the basic clinical scales. The results of the regression analyses indicated that for boys, the Depression, Psychopathic Deviate, and Hypomania scales; Alienation and Anxiety content scales; and Subjective Depression, Self Alienation, Imperturbability, and Amorality Harris-Lingoes subscales contributed significantly to the prediction of suicide probability. For girls, the Depression, Psychopathic Deviate, and Hypomania scales; Family Problems, Conduct Problems, School Problems, Depression, and Social Discomfort content scales; and the Subjective Depression, Self Alienation. Psychomotor Acceleration, and Imperturbability Harris-Lingoes subscales contributed significantly to the prediction of suicide probability.

Original Publication Date

2-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1002/(SICI)1097-4679(199802)54:2<191::AID-JCLP8>3.0.CO;2-V

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