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Nejatbakhsh A, Fakhari A, Safaian A. An investigation on the clinical interview agreement with MMPI test (short form) in the diagnosis of personality disorders. Intern Med Today 2004; 10 (2) :26-30
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Background and Aim: One of the most important issues in the measurement of psychology is finding outonomous instruments containing similar results to evaluate a structure. Obtainig Convergence among separate instruments is difficult, so fewer researches have already studied the convergence of such methods together and a weak diagnostic agreement has been reported among these instruments. The aim of this study was to investigate the rate of agreement between two clinical interview methods according to DSM-IV-TR with MMPI test in diagnosing personality disorders. (Active phase of illness) to determine the admissibility of short- form MMPI test being currently common in Iran. Materials and Methods: In this analytic- observational and cross-sectional study, the hospitalized and out-patients referring to Tabriz Razi hospital, were selected randomly and assessed during two stages through clinical interview and MMPI test (short- form). The collected data were recorded in separate forms, so that the psychotherapist interviewer and the psychologist tester did have no information about the diagnostic results. Then the indices of MMPI diagnostic performance, kappa coefficient, P number and positive and negative diagnostic power were calculated to determine the agreement rate of the mentiored methods. Results: The obtained results showed an average convergence between MMPI test and the clinical diagnosis and the spesifity (sp) of this test relative to its sensitivity (se) indicated its higher function in excluding the personality disorder comparing to its confirmation. Conclusion: Various statements are posed for low convergence between the mentioned evaluative methods among which the dysfunction in expressing the diagnostic symptoms and criteria and the problems relating to the low sensitivity of the evaluative scales in short form MMPI test are remarkable.
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Internal Medicine
Received: 2008/07/24 | Published: 2004/07/15

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