Integrating the Rorschach and the MMPI-2 in Personality Assessment (Personality & Clinical Psychology)

Integrating the Rorschach and the MMPI-2 in Personality Assessment (Personality & Clinical Psychology)

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI, MMPI-2, and MMPI-A) and the Rorschach are the two tests used most widely in clinical personality assessment to evaluate personality functioning, current emotional state, and the presence, nature, and severity of psychopathology, as well as to formulate treatment interventions. Psychologists’ vigorous interest in and intense loyalty to the Rorschach and MMPI are reflected in the large and still growing theoretical and empirical literature concerning these tests. Given the enduring popularity of these two tests, it is surprising to find that only a small percentage of these numerous studies have examined the relationships between the two.

Both tests provide valuable information about an individual’s symptoms, behavior, emotions, interpersonal functioning, self-concept, defenses, and the dynamics underlying their behavior. Although much has been written about each test individually, little has been written about how to use the two tests together even though many psychologists use a battery of tests when conducting personality assessments in clinical practice. The basic premise of this book is that psychologists’ armamentarium of assessment techniques can be strengthened by using the MMPI-2 and Rorschach together in a complementary fashion, and that essential information may be lost if one test is used to the exclusion of the other.

The book examines interrelationships between the MMPI-2 and Rorschach on several different levels including empirical and research findings, conceptual relationships, and integrated interpretations using a series of in-depth case presentations. A balance is maintained between the foundation provided by research and by clinical theory for conceptualizing, understanding, and treating patients with a variety of psychological disorders. This volume illustrates the contribution psychological test findings make to clinical decision making and differential diagnosis, and discusses the links between test data, clinical judgment, and DSM-IV.

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  1. Hale Martin "Ph.D." said,

    Wrote on December 6, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book for assessment class!, December 21, 2009
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    This review is from: Integrating the Rorschach and the MMPI-2 in Personality Assessment (Personality & Clinical Psychology) (Hardcover)

    This book by Ganellen is an excellent resource for two of the personality assessment classes I teach at the graduate level. Integrating MMPI-2 and Rorschach findings is a critical aspect of good assessment, and this book is an outstanding resource in helping the reader effectively integrate the two instruments. It uses well-selected and instructive cases to highlight the processes involved. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in this topic–for teaching or for practicing psychological assessment. A must read. Hale Martin, Ph.D.

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  2. Meghan said,

    Wrote on December 6, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best book of Rorschach MMPI-2 Integration, December 13, 2009
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    Bart Evans (Bozeman, MT United States) –

    This review is from: Integrating the Rorschach and the MMPI-2 in Personality Assessment (Personality & Clinical Psychology) (Hardcover)

    Very simply this is the best resource book on integration of the Rorschach and MMPI-2. Scholarly, very well researched, and well reasoned, this book assists clinicians with the complexities of working with the two most highly studied personality tests, offering a clear and comprehensive basis for what each test can and cannot do. Be sure to read the glowing Editorial Reviews above, written by some of the top scholars on both the Rorschach and MMPI-2.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on December 6, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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    Not so great for integrating, July 1, 2009
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    Meghan

    This review is from: Integrating the Rorschach and the MMPI-2 in Personality Assessment (Personality & Clinical Psychology) (Hardcover)

    This book has more case studies than useful chapters for learning how to integrate the Rorschach and MMPI. The case studies do all the work for you instead of leading you through it or allowing you to do it for yourself. Not useful for my assessment course, I felt.

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