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The MMPI, MMPI-2, and MMPI-A in Court: A Practical Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys Hardcover – 30 May 2006
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The 3rd Edition of "The MMPI, MMPI-2, and MMPI-A in Court: A Practical Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys" is an updated and expanded edition of the best-selling "Pope-Butcher-Seelen" volume. Like the previous edition, this book is written in an engaging and accessible style. Reviewing the three versions of the MMPI, the empirical research identifying the MMPI's effectiveness and limitations in different kinds of civil and criminal forensic assessments and with different populations, and the courts' recognition and restriction of MMPI-based testimony, it provides comprehensive guidance to both novice and experienced professionals. The book covers the practical steps of trial preparation and courtroom work, such as choosing appropriate assessment measures, crafting an effective subpoena duces tecum, preparing for depositions, handling Daubert challenges, and communicating with the jury. It prepares expert witnesses and attorneys to address complex issues regarding validity, reliability, sensitivity, specificity, base rates, and malingering, and to avoid common psychometric, logical, and practical pitfalls.The 26 appendices gather under one cover the key resources that expert witnesses and attorneys can rely on during preparation and take with them to depositions and trial.
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The MMPI is a tool created and based on a materialistic viewpoint of psychopathology, a compartmentalization of the complexity of the psyche, into small "boxes" that by the very nature of their creation, exclude and include by strict criteria that can be tested statistically. However, the clinician must always keep in mind that life is not a statistic, it is, as yet, an undefinible thing. And so human behavior is both collective and individual at once and to varying degrees. When a particular "box" works, we, as scientists, construct models about which the "facts" fit for a season. Then, and I would dare say invariably, a new and better (meaning it fits or "explains" or "compartmentalizes" the the facts and trends that we see in life) model arises which replaces the older one. This is the way of science, which, if it is practiced with openness and flexibility, and an understanding that it is of a changeable nature, as technology and knowledge advance, that is not contradictory to the behavior sciences.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of the "Minnesota" group of MMPI experts, for the other leading experts, read the works of the "Ohio" group (Graham, Ben-Porath, etc.)
Robert I. Winer, M.D.
Neurologist, Psychopharmacologist, Psychoanalyst (Jungian)