MMPI-2 F scale as a predictor of acute versus chronic disorder classification

Kelly C. Cukrowicz, Maureen Lyons Reardon, Keith F. Donohue, Thomas E. Joiner

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This study examined the relation between elevation of the infrequency (F) scale on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and the classification of psychological disorders as chronic or acute in an outpatient mental health selling. MMPI-2 and clinician rating data at time of intake were considered for 158 adult patients from an outpatient clinic. The results indicate that elevation on the F scale is associated with more chronic disorders even after the influence of other variables, such as age and comorbidity of other disorders, is statistically accounted for. These results are discussed in terms of the utility and incremental validity of including the F scale as part of diagnostic screening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004


  • Acute disorders
  • Chronic disorders
  • Classification
  • MMPI-2


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