Millon Behavioral Health Inventory norms for chronic pain patients

Elise E. Labbé, Myron Goldberg, David Fishbain, Hubert Rosomoff, Renee Steele‐Rosomoff

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The Millon Behavioral Health Inventory (MBHI) is being used more widely in pain treatment settings; however, normative data on a large sample of chronic pain patients have not been published. In the present study, norms were established for 247 chronic pain patients. The chronic pain patient norms then were compared statistically to norms for non-medical population. Overall, the results showed that the score distributions for chronic pain patients and normals were similar on most MBHI scales. The differences that were found are consistent with other research on pain patients and indicate that chronic pain patients are more likely to be depressed and anxious. Differences in scales between chronic pain patients and controls may be explained by state vs. trait factors. In evaluating chronic pain patients by personality tests, one needs to keep in mind state-trait problems and their potential influence on test results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-390
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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