Total number of MMPI-2 clinical scale elevations predicts premature termination after controlling for intake symptom severity and personality disorder diagnosis

Jennifer A. Minnix, Lorraine R. Reitzel, Karla A. Repper, Andrea B. Burns, Foluso Williams, Elizabeth N. Lima, Kelly C. Cukrowicz, Lindsey Kirsch, Thomas E. Joiner

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Abstract

Premature termination of therapy by patients is a common phenomenon that can be deleterious to treatment outcome for patients and also negatively affect therapists, treatment centers, and research programs. Therefore, a method of identifying patients at risk for premature termination could have widespread benefits. This study investigated whether patients' MMPI-2 profiles, including clinical scale elevations and Negative Treatment Indicator (TRT) scores, could predict premature termination in an outpatient sample, controlling for personality disorder diagnosis and symptom severity at intake. Results indicated that while TRT scores were not incrementally predictive of premature termination, the total number of clinical scale elevations was significantly incrementally predictive of dropout. Clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1745-1755
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume38
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • GAF
  • MMPI-2
  • Personality disorders
  • Premature termination
  • Therapy outcome

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