Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III Essay

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Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III

Psychologists have been using Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (MCMI-III) to
diagnose patients with personality disorders, but it has been questioned on its accuracy
and fairness when it comes to gender differences. MCMI-III is mainly used for objective
measuring of personality and psychopathology and it is stated that its works best on Axis
II disorders.

Empirical evidence does not support MCMI-III with prevalence of personality disorders in
men and women. MCMI-III uses base rate in its scoring system and base rate is the
frequency or dominance of a characteristic in a particular population therefore the
accuracy of the assessment measure can be affected. Raw scores are transformed in to base
rate score for each scale. If raw score is 0 then the base rate is 0 however if the base
rate is 60 then the raw score is at a median for that particular scale.

Not only does the MCMI-III evaluate Mental Health problems, more importantly, its strength
is in determining underlying personality patterns that are essential to understanding and
effectively treating clients. These personality patterns are also vital in identifying
Thinking Errors that can be treated with a Cognitive Behavioral approach. However showing
gender differences in mean test scores via the personality disorder scales are still hard
to figure out compared to its predecessors. (Version 1&2) This is mainly due to the
unrevised manuals that accompany it (the manual contains separate information for Male and
female) In turn there has also been an indication that there does not appear to be a
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