Association of fake-good MMPI-2 profiles with low beck depression inventory scores

Frank A. Scafidi, Tiffany M Field, Margarita Prodromidis, Sonya M. Abrams

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Abstract

Seventy-nine adolescent mothers (mean age = 18.1 years) were administered the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and three validity scales (L, F, and K) of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2 (MMPI-2). The aim was to determine whether low-BDI mothers were "faking good," or denying their depression. The adolescent mothers were assigned to a low-BDI group (scores = 0, 1, 2), a nondepressed group (scores = 3-9), or a depressed group (scores ≥ 13). The depressed group had higher F (Symptom) scale scores than did the nondepressed group, which in turn had higher scores than did the low-BDI group. The low-BDI group, in contrast, had more fake-good profiles than did the two other groups. Discriminant analyses indicated that 90% of the fake-good profiles could be classified correctly based on BDI and K (Defensiveness) scale scores. These data suggest the need for further assessment when individuals have extremely low BDI scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalAdolescence
Volume34
Issue number133
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Scafidi, F. A., Field, T. M., Prodromidis, M., & Abrams, S. M. (1999). Association of fake-good MMPI-2 profiles with low beck depression inventory scores. Adolescence, 34(133), 61-68.

Association of fake-good MMPI-2 profiles with low beck depression inventory scores. / Scafidi, Frank A.; Field, Tiffany M; Prodromidis, Margarita; Abrams, Sonya M.

In: Adolescence, Vol. 34, No. 133, 01.03.1999, p. 61-68.

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Scafidi, FA, Field, TM, Prodromidis, M & Abrams, SM 1999, 'Association of fake-good MMPI-2 profiles with low beck depression inventory scores', Adolescence, vol. 34, no. 133, pp. 61-68.
Scafidi, Frank A. ; Field, Tiffany M ; Prodromidis, Margarita ; Abrams, Sonya M. / Association of fake-good MMPI-2 profiles with low beck depression inventory scores. In: Adolescence. 1999 ; Vol. 34, No. 133. pp. 61-68.
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