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Ethnic comparability of the MMPI in pain patients

Author(s): Novy, D. M., Averill, P. M., Berry, L. A.

Journal/Book: J Clin Psychol. 1996; 52: 4 Conant Square, Brandon, VT 05733. Clinical Psychology Publ Co. 485-497.

Abstract: The MMPI basic validity and clinical scales' patterns of 295 White-, African- and Latino-American pain patients were compared. Mean group differences across ethnic groups on scales L, F, K, Mf, and Si were revealed in multivariate analysis of covariance for females, while differences across ethnic groups on scales F, K, Mf, Sc, Ma, and Si were revealed for males. In the univariate follow-up analyses of covariance, significant main effects were obtained for ethnicity along with education and (occasionally for males) duration of pain. Various high-point, two-point, and other profile patterns were examined and notable gender/ethnic group differences were found. The pattern of intercorrelations of the MMPI scales mean T scores with various demographic and clinical characteristics suggested some notable divergence across subgroups on certain correlates of the pain experience.

Note: Article DV Nelson, Univ Texas, Hlth Sci Ctr, Dept Anesthesiol, 6431 Fannin, MSB 5020, Houston, TX 77030 USA


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