The use of MMPI-2 in the evaluation of parental capacity/suitability in judicial assessments
Keywords:MMPI-2, parental capacity/suitability, child custody
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the parental capacity/suitability in judicial conflicts concerning child custody as well as childcare in cases of child disuse or abuse using the MMPI-2.
Methods: The MMPI-2 questionnaire is weighted in the Greek population for the last thirteen years. It is administered exclusively by trained psychologists to adults over 18 years of age with a duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours. The examinee is asked to respond «true» or «false» in a series of 567 items. A Case Report is used as example for the analysis of the personality and psychological profile of a woman requested child custody.
Results: The use of MMPI-2 enables substantial information to the psychologist referring to mental health of disputant parents, their personality characteristics, while depict their capability to carry out their parental roles. Furthermore, it features any possible problematic behavior, that may negatively affect their everyday life as well as their suitability as caregivers in cases of child abuse and disuse. Also, the moderate or high scores on the MMPI-2 Validity Scales K and L, as well as the lack of elevations in psychopathological scores at the Clinical Scales, may comprise an important beginning element, in order the psychologist to investigate the positive characteristics which are important to have a positive evaluation of the examinee parent.
Conclusions: The present case study focuses on the analysis and interpretation of the MMPI-2 Scales concerning parental assessment for judicial use. According to MMPI-2, the examinee does not show signs of psychopathology nor problematic behavior in general.
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