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Construction and cross-validation of an MMPI Black-White scale.
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PMID:  16367205     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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A robust set of MMPI items, sensitive to the effect of race (Blacks versus Whites), was constructed by compiling the results of six prior studies. Thirty-two items comprised the MMPI B-W scale. The scale was cross-validated on psychiatric patients and police cadets. Statistically significant mean differences were found between races in both groups, with 83% and 60% correct racial classification, respectively. These findings suggested that when used as a clinical instrument, the MMPI might pick up nonpathology-related racial variance contributing to scale devotion biased against the black respondent, but the degree of nonpathology-related racial scale score covariance has yet to be determined. For future research, the B-W scale was proposed as a set of standard queries in studies assessing connotative meaning for Black-White contrast groups, and to index "functional" as opposed to "objective" race membership.
Authors:
R M Costello
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality assessment     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0022-3891     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Assess     Publication Date:  1977 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-21     Completed Date:  2006-02-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1260201     Medline TA:  J Pers Assess     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  514-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78228, USA.
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