Congruence of the MCMI-II and MCMI-III in cocaine dependence

Douglas B. Marlowe, David S. Festinger, Kimberly C. Kirby, David F. Rubenstein, Jerome J. Platt

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This study compared the MCMI-II and MCMI-III among 40 urban, poor, cocaine abusers in outpatient treatment. The mean group profiles had strikingly similar relative elevations on the Antisocial, Narcissistic, Aggressive-Sadistic, Alcohol Dependence, and Drug Dependence scales. However, the MCMI-III group profile was significantly lower in magnitude compared with the MCMI-II. Interval and rank-order correlations were moderate to low for most scales, and 90% of participants produced discrepant 2-point codetypes between the 2 tests. These results suggest that clinicians working in substance abuse settings should perhaps adjust MCMI-III profile elevations upward on most scales (particularly on the personality disorder scales) when comparing results to extant normative data and should use caution when referencing MCMI/MCMI-II interpretive manuals for descriptive correlates of MCMI-III scales and codetypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-28
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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