FAQs about the MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical (RC) Scales
The new Restructured Clinical (RC) Scales are described more fully on the RC Scales page. The text below covers questions and answers about the RC Scales.
Do the RC Scales replace the Clinical Scales? Can I disregard the Clinical Scales and look only at the RC Scales profile?
Can I administer just the items that comprise the RC Scales as a "short" MMPI-2 administration, similarly to administering the first 370 items and printing the Basic Service Report (includes 10 Clinical Scales and 3 Validity Scales--L, F, K)?
As a forensic psychologist, what do I say about the validity and reliability of the Clinical Scales now that we have the RC Scales, which have improved convergent and discriminant validity? How does this affect past cases for which I depended upon the Clinical Scales?
Do the RC scales contain the same items as the Clinical Scales? Which items were dropped, were there new items included?
How can I get the RC Scales for a previously scored MMPI-2 Extended Score Report record in my Q Local software?
The RC Scales seem to overlap with the Content Scales. What’s the difference between the RC Scales and the Content Scales?
Do the RC Scales have utility with non-clinical populations that typically produce within normal limits profiles, like personnel/employee testing and child custody evaluations?
Multiple elevations on the Clinical Scales make sense because clinical syndromes are complex and there are high rates of comorbidity with disorders. How do the simplified, non-overlapping RC Scales tap into this?
Current interpretive guidelines suggest that clinicians incorporate the RC Scales and non-K-corrected T scores, so why does Pearson offer interpretive reports that don’t include these measures?
How do I interpret an MMPI-2 with a well-defined and elevated code type in the absence of elevations on the RC Scales? Should I rely on the code type?