Dodd, Cody G., Seth C. Courrégé, & Nathan C. Weed (2019). Evaluating the descriptive validity of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–Adolescent-Restructured Form and the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory in a rural sample of juvenile offenders. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 15(2), 97-117.

Abstract: Broadband assessment of personality and psychopathology may identify problems of clinical significance (e.g., suicidality, self-injury, untreated mental illness) not assessed in popular juvenile risk assessment tools. To investigate this possibility, we conducted multi-source, multi-method assessments of 11 community-dwelling juvenile offenders in a rural Midwestern county. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-AdolescentRestructured Form (MMPI-A-RF) and Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) scores were obtained for each youth and operationalized with a descriptive q-sort. Criterion q-sort descriptions of the youth were obtained from the youth, caregivers, probation officers, therapists, and school staff. Scores on both instruments produced similar, reliable, and valid youth descriptions. In regression analyses, YLS/CMI profiles accounted for more variance in the criterion descriptions than the MMPI-A-RF (M ΔR2 = .26).

Cody G Dodd <cody.dodd@bcm.edu> is in the Section of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX (USA).

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