Straw men in the Land of Oz: a reply to Butcher and Ben-Porath (2004)

Senior, Graeme and Douglas, Lucille A. (2004) Straw men in the Land of Oz: a reply to Butcher and Ben-Porath (2004). Australian Psychologist, 39 (1). pp. 51-56. ISSN 0005-0067


Previously published research by the authors which analysed 2080 MMPI-2 protocols of personalinjury claimants assessed in a forensic psychiatry practice challenged the validity of code-type-based interpretations, the role the MMPI-2 plays in differential diagnosis, and assumptions made regarding diagnostically-specific patterns on the test. Although over 2 years old, this work was recently criticised by Butcher and Ben-Porath (2004) and the present article is a reply to those criticisms and concludes again the importance of empirical accuracy and an active hypothesis-testing approach.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's Version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 04:34
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2011 03:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: MMPI-2; personal injury claimants; base rates
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00050060410001660344

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