Using the MMPI-2 to Predict Symptom Reduction during Psychotherapy in a Sample of Community Outpatients

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kurt D. Michael Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Dir. of Clin. Serv. (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: In the present study, potential MMPI-2 predictors of psychotherapy outcome were examined in a community clinical sample of 51 patients seeking treatment at a university training clinic. Results indicated that particular MMPI-2 scales (L, F, Pd, Pa, Sc, Trt) were the most predictive of initial levels of patient distress, whereas three other clinical scales (Hs, D, Hy) were significantly associated with actual symptom reduction over time. The clinical implications of these data include the use of the MMPI-2 in clinical practice as a means to frame the provision of direct feedback to patients regarding the likelihood of treatment response, which in turn, might actually have therapeutic benefits. The limitations of the study are reviewed and suggestions for future research are offered, including the potential use of widely known and utilized instruments in helping to predict response to psychotherapy.

Additional Information

Publication
Michael, K.D., Furr, R.M., Masters, K.S., Collett, B.R., Spielmans, G.I., Ritter, K., Veeder, M.A., Treiber, K., & Cullum, J.L. (2009). Using the MMPI-2 to predict symptom reduction during psychotherapy in a sample of community outpatients. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 39:3, pp. 157-163. (ISSN: 0022-0116) Springer Verlag DOI: 10.1007/s10879-008-9109-x
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Psychotherapy, Outcome , MMPI-2 , OQ-45