The therapeutic effects of Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory -III assessment feedback

Andrea Allen, Florida International University

Abstract

A study was conducted to test the therapeutic effects of assessment feedback on rapport-building and self-enhancement variables (self-verification, self-discovery, self-esteem), as well as symptomatology. Assessment feedback was provided in the form of interpretive information based on the results of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III). Participants (N = 89) were randomly assigned to three groups: a Feedback group, a Reflective-Counseling group, and a No-Feedback group. The Feedback group was provided with assessment feedback, the Reflective-Counseling group was asked to comment on the meaning of the taking the MCMI-III, the No-Feedback group received general information about the MCMI-III. Results revealed that assessment feedback, when provided in the form of interpretive interpretation positively affects rapport-building and self-enhancement variables (self-verification and self-discovery). No significant results were found in terms of self-esteem or symptom decrease as a function of feedback. However, a significant decrease in symptoms across groups was found. Results indicate that assessment feedback in the form of interpretive information can be used as a starting point in therapy. Implications of the findings are discussed with respect to theory and clinical practice. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Personality

Recommended Citation

Andrea Allen, "The therapeutic effects of Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory -III assessment feedback" (January 1, 2004). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3165147.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3165147

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