The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form in the epilepsy monitoring unit

Dona E.C. Locke, Kristin A. Kirlin, Michael L. Thomas, David Osborne, Duane F. Hurst, Joseph F. Drazkowski, Joseph I. Sirven, Katherine H. Noe

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Abstract

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) is a restructuring of the MMPI-2 that has improved the psychometric characteristics of the test. The primary aim of this study was to provide diagnostic utility data on the MMPI-2-RF in an epilepsy monitoring unit population (N = 429). Mean comparisons revealed group differences on Validity Scales Fs and FBS-r; Restructured Clinical Scales RC1 and RC3; and Somatic Scales MLS, GIC, HPC, and NUC. Diagnostic utility data are provided for those scales with the largest effect sizes: RC1, FBS-r, and NUC. On RC1, sensitivity was 76% and specificity was 60%, similar to values found when applying published decision rules to the MMPI-2. RC1 explains unique variance in diagnosis beyond that explained by demographic or medical history risk factors. We provide likelihood ratios for scores on RC1, FBS-r, and NUC that can be used by the clinician to calculate posttest odds and probability of nonepileptic seizures using the base rate of nonepileptic seizures in his/her population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-258
Number of pages7
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • MMPI-2-RF
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychogenic seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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    Locke, D. E. C., Kirlin, K. A., Thomas, M. L., Osborne, D., Hurst, D. F., Drazkowski, J. F., Sirven, J. I., & Noe, K. H. (2010). The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form in the epilepsy monitoring unit. Epilepsy and Behavior, 17(2), 252-258. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2009.12.004