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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Stephen Trotter

First Committee Member

Dennis Brennan

Second Committee Member

Linda Webster

Third Committee Member

David Richwerger


The present study, conducted during the Fall 1996 and Spring 1997 academic terms, investigated the susceptibility of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory 2$\sp{\rm nd}$ Edition (MMPI-2) to fake good behavior. The MMPI-2 was administered to a sample population of 114 teacher education students at a private California university. Administrations were in two sessions a minimum of four to six weeks apart, including one in which the subjects were instructed to respond honestly and another in which they were instructed to fake good. A questionnaire inquiring as to their veracity on each administration was also collected. The null hypotheses were that (1) there would be no statistically significant differences between standard and fake-good clinical scale scores in the subject population, (2) there would be no correlation between MMPI-2 validity indices and the degree of MMPI-2 clinical scale elevation from standard to fake-good conditions, (3) MMPI-2 scales would not be susceptible to fake-good behavior, and (4) there would be no correlation between a subject's perceived ability to fake good and their v actual fake-good performance. Each of the null hypotheses was rejected. Findings indicated that K (Consistency) corrected clinical scales on the MMPI-2, and to a lesser degree non-K corrected scales, were significantly susceptible to fake good behavior. The L (Lie) and K validity scales, however, were found to consistently detect the fake good behavior. Richwerger's (1989) results were generally confirmed, and recommendations for practical application of the instrument were addressed.




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