THE CLINICAL JUDGMENT PROCESS OF PREDICTION OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN HOSPITALIZED ADOLESCENTS USING THE MMPI AND THE RORSCHACH (PSYCHOLOGY TESTING, ACTING OUT, ANTISOCIAL)

DIANE MARY STEMPLE, Fordham University

Abstract

The clinical judgment process of the prediction of behavior problems of hospitalized adolescents was investigated with an emphasis on both predictive accuracy and decision-making processes. Twenty experienced Rorschach judges and twenty experienced MMPI judges, all clinical psychologists, individually evaluated ten patient protocols or profiles for the existence of a general behavior problem, confidence in their prediction and more specific behavior category prediction. An eleventh patient was evaluated with a Twenty Questions procedure in which the judge was required to ask questions about the protocol or profile without looking at it. The purpose of this procedure was to force the judge to prioritize and then verbalize the information needed to make the behavior problem predictons. Results indicated that the MMPI judges were far more accurate in assessing behavior problems in adolescents (p < .01) and that, for all judges, confidence was not related to accuracy. The Twenty Questions data revealed information about decision-making strategies of clinicians and confirmed the usefulness of innovative procedures in evaluating clinical judgment. ^

Subject Area

Clinical psychology

Recommended Citation

STEMPLE, DIANE MARY, "THE CLINICAL JUDGMENT PROCESS OF PREDICTION OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN HOSPITALIZED ADOLESCENTS USING THE MMPI AND THE RORSCHACH (PSYCHOLOGY TESTING, ACTING OUT, ANTISOCIAL)" (1985). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8521417.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8521417

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