Personality characteristics among adolescent substance-abusers utilizing various MMPI scales
KeywordsPersonality assessment of teenagers.
Teenagers -- Drug use.
Drug abuse -- Psychological aspects.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe focus of this study was to determine if certain personality traits could be detected within a population of substance-abusing adolescents. The Depression (d), Psychopathic Deviant (Pd), Paranoia (Pa), and Hypomania (Ma) scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) were utilized as indicators of psychopathological traits for this project. It was found that a significant degree of elevation on these scales was achieved by the subject, when compared to an ideal normative sample. It was concluded that this indicated the presence of certain psychopathological personality traits within this population. The implication that personality differences within this population can be detected could lead to a greater understanding of substance abuse among adolescents, and the potential for more appropriate counseling approaches with such substance abusers.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
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