Neuropsychology

The effects of neuropsychological deficits

There are no substantial data of which I am aware that demonstrate that the MMPI or MMPI-2 have ever been useful or reliable measures of the presence or absence of neurologic disorders. A few codes raise the question, but that never constitutes a proof.


In contrast, the MMPI-2 is, I believe, uniquely useful in assessing the impact of a brain injury or neurologic illness. To no longer be able to think effectively, to lose your job because you cannot "get it right any more," to lose a significant part of your coordination, to be permanently disfigured, to have your driver’s license taken away, etc., are life changes that have powerful emotional consequences. These emotional effects are what the MMPI-2 can help to assess and to anticipate what our most beneficial responses will be.

 

 

 

References

 

Greene, R. L. (1988). The MMPI: Use with specific populations. Philadelphia: Grune & Stratton, pp. 214-245).

 

Greene, R. L. (2000). The MMPI-2: An interpretive manual. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, pp. 276-283.