Running head: History of Psychological Assessment Paper
Psychological Assessment Paper
University of Phoenix
June 8, 2009
History of Psychological Assessment Paper
Content: Today many origins of Psychological Assessment exist. This paper will help to distinguish the Psychological Assessment MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), its later revision to MMPI-A and MMPI -2 along with their historical roots. An overview of the significance and impact of using MMPI assessment will be explained in the MMPI-A and the MMPI-2 phases. Purpose: The plan is to show the importance of choosing the MMPI and the how this instrument has influenced psychological Assessment testing in the 21st century making revisions to the MMPI-A/MMPI-2 which now makes clients pay for the test before it can be taken.
There are many psychological assessments created by professionals to test individuals for mental abilities. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) was developed with the purpose of generating descriptions and inferences of individuals’ personality traits. This paper will highlight the background and historical roots of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. A later revision to the MMPI-A/MMPI-2 showed the impact that these assessments had have made toward the development of psychological testing during the 21st century.
Developer’s Historical Roots
First, let me give some history on the developer of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The MMPI was developed in the late 1930’s by Strake R. Hathaway, a Psychologist, and J. C. Mckinley a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota. Hathaway was born in Central Lake Michigan, on August 22, 1903 (Hathaway, 1942). Hathaway moved from Kansas to Ohio and later years to Minnesota to attend college. J.C. McKinley helped in the copyrighting of the MMPI in 1942.