Culturally Competent Use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory2

Robert J. VelAsquez Terry Pace

Guadalupe X. ayala Counseling Psychology Program

Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology University of Oklahoma

San Diego State University-University of California, San Diego Norman, Oklahoma

Sandra K. Choney

SONIA MeNDOZA Behavioral Health Services

California School of Professional Psychology Muscogee (Creek) Nation

San Diego, California Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Elahe Nezami Francisco C. Gomez, Jr.

Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research San Diego, California University of Southern California _ « ,

Los Angeles, California LAURALYN E. MlLES

Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical IDALIA CASTILLO-CANEZ Psychology

Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology San DieS° State University-San Diego State University-University of California, San Diego University of California, San Diego

San Diego, California San Diego, California

In this chapter, we examine the use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) with ethnically diverse minorities in the United States including Puerto Rico. We have intentionally designed our chapter to answer a series of questions regarding the MMPI-2 and its application to minority populations. These questions are frequently posed by both researchers and clinicians who consider using this instrument in the evaluation of minority group members. These questions are also frequently asked by graduate students who are enrolled in psychological assessment courses and by colleagues who attend MMPI-2 training workshops. For example, in the first section of this chapter, we attempt to answer the following question: To what extent has the MMPI-2 been applied to ethnic minorities? We continue by addressing these additional questions in successive order: What are the trends or patterns of MMPI-2 research with minorities? What types of research still need to be conducted with the MMPI-2? What constitutes a culturally competent approach to the use of the MMPI-2 with minorities? In addition, we discuss six case studies that illustrate culturally competent approaches to MMPI-2 use and interpretation.

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It is important to note that in this chapter we only focus on the MMPI-2, thus, only adult populations. The MMPI-A, for adolescents, was published in 1992 (see Butcher, Williams, et al., 1992). Research with ethnic minority adolescents has begun to emerge (Butcher, Cabiya, et al., 1998; Gumbiner, 1998; Negy, Leal-Puente, Trainor, & Carlson, 1997; Pena, 1996; Tyson, 1997).

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