PREDICTING AIR FORCE RECIDIVISM BY THE MMPI TEST-RETEST
AMARILLO TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTER AMARILLO AFB TX
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The potential capacity of the MMPI test-retest to predict recidivism among a population of 220 rehabilitated male Air Force prisoners restored to duty during 1960 was investigated. Significant differences between the test and retest for successful restorees were found on nine scales and, for the unsuccessful group, significant differences appear on ten scales. The psychopathic deviate Pd scale was found to differentiate successful from unsuccessful restorees at the .05 level of confidence on the first test. On the second test, hysteria Hy, differentiated the two groups at the .05 level. It was concluded that the MMPI test-retest differences which were found within groups offered potential capacity to predict Air Force recidivism, but that the utilization of single predictors offered limited prediction capability. The findings appear to warrant a future study should be made which would utilize more sophisticated techniques, such as multiple regression, to arrive at the best combinations of MMPI test-retest factors for more efficient prediction.
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