Date of Award

Summer 1998

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Committee Director

Robert P. Archer

Committee Member

John d. Ball

Committee Member

Glynn D. Coates

Committee Member

Robin J. Lewis

Committee Member

Michael L. Stutts


This investigation identified and interpreted the overall factor structure of the MMPI-A content scales through the use of scale-level analyses, and examined the factor structure of each individual content scale through item-level analyses. The MMPI-A normative sample (805 males, 815 females) and a clinical sample (266 males, 92 females) were used in the analyses. Scale-level analyses yielded a two factor solution for the normative male and clinical groups and a one factor solution for the normative sample and normative female group. The factors were labeled General Maladjustment and Externalizing Tendencies. Item-level analyses provided one factor solutions for the majority of the MMPI-A content scales. These findings differed from the factor structures obtained in the creation of the MMPI-A Content Component scales recently developed by Sherwood, Ben-Porath, and Williams (1997). Implications of these findings are discussed.


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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