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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1080/00050060410001660344
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Straw men in the Land of Oz: a reply to Butcher and Ben-Porath (2004)

ERA Journal ID6118
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSenior, Graeme (Author) and Douglas, Lucille A. (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Psychologist
Journal Citation39 (1), pp. 51-56
Number of Pages6
Year2004
Place of PublicationOxfordshire, United Kingdom
ISSN0005-0067
1742-9544
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00050060410001660344
Web Address (URL)http://www.psychology.org.au/Journals.aspx?ID=1200
Abstract

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.

KeywordsMMPI-2; personal injury claimants; base rates
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020320221. Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
480506. Litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution
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