Date of Award

Summer 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Committee Director

Richard Handel

Committee Member

Robert Archer

Committee Member

Roger Gervais

Committee Member

Desideria Hacker

Committee Member

Scott Sautter


The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) is the most widely used self-report measure of personality and psychopathology in the United States. The recently released MMPI-2-RF (Restructured Form), meanwhile, was designed to be a shorter and more efficient version of the MMPI-2. All MMPI-2-RF items are fully contained within the larger MMPI-2 and all IVIMPI-2-RE scales may be scored from a standard MMPI-2 administration. This study sought to examine the relationship between the RBS, Fs, and FBS-r over-reporting validity scales of the MMPI-2-RF, a stand-alone measure of symptom validity/cognitive effort, and neuropsychological indicators commonly used in assessment batteries. Results of this study supported the clinical utility of the RBS, FBS-r, and Fs, though RBS demonstrated superior predictive utility by explaining performance above and beyond FBS-r and Fs. Since the assessment of symptom exaggeration should be a multifactorial approach, incorporating these embedded measures of validity may provide additional information for neuropsychological assessments.


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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