TitleValidation of the MMPI-2 computerized adaptive version (MMPI-2-CA) in a correctional intake facility
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsForbey, JD, Ben-Porath, YS, Gartland, D
JournalPsychological Services
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1939-148X

Computerized adaptive testing in personality assessment can improve efficiency by significantly reducing the number of items administered to answer an assessment question. The time savings afforded by this technique could be of particular benefit in settings where large numbers of psychological screenings are conducted, such as correctional facilities. In the current study, item and time savings, as well as the test–retest and extratest correlations associated with an audio augmented administration of all the scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-2 Computerized Adaptive (MMPI-2-CA) are reported. Participants include 366 men, ages 18 to 62 years (M = 33.04, SD = 10.40), undergoing intake into a large Midwestern state correctional facility. Results of the current study indicate considerable item and corresponding time savings for the MMPI-2-CA compared to conventional administration of the test, as well as comparability in terms of test–retest and correlations with external measures. Future directions of adaptive personality testing are discussed.