Date of Award

Summer 1999

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Committee Director

Ellen F. Rosen

Committee Member

Barbara A. Winstead

Committee Member

Delanyard Robinson

Committee Member

Louis Janda

Committee Member

Aurelio J. Figueredo


This study was designed to evaluate the use of MMPI-A factors to make predictions about clinical outcomes within a community-based treatment program for juvenile sexual offenders. Specifically, selected MMPI-A factors were used to predict client acceptance into the program and client compliance with program expectations over a 12-month period. Results showed that program acceptance was best predicted by the MMPI-A factor, “Immaturity.” No MMPI-A factors were found to be statistically significant in the prediction of program compliance. A high degree of collinearity was found between MMPI-A factors, raising questions about their discriminative utility. Results are discussed with regard to the limited utility of the MMPI-A, and factor scores, in making predictions about specific clinical outcomes.


A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculties of The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology through the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.


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