Using the MMPI-2-RF in Preemployment Evaluations of Police Officer Candidates

Using the MMPI-2-RF in Preemployment Evaluations of Police Officer Candidates

Yossef S. Ben-Porath, David M. Corey, Anthony M. Tarescavage
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0813-7.ch003
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The MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) is the current, most up-to-date version of the most widely used self-report measure of personality and psychopathology. Prior versions of the test were studied and used extensively in police candidate assessments. This chapter reviews the legal and empirical foundations for using the MMPI-2-RF in preemployment evaluations of police officer candidates and provides practical guidance for doing so. A detailed review of a series of recent studies on using the MMPI-2-RF in identification of high risk candidates is presented, followed by practical suggestions for integrating MMPI-2-RF findings with other sources of information when conducting preemployment evaluations of police candidates. The MMPI-2-RF Police Candidate Interpretive Report is highlighted.
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Psychologists who use the MMPI in the conduct of police officer candidate preemployment evaluations should be aware of the laws and regulations governing this practice, recognizing that whereas federal laws and regulations apply throughout the U.S., individual states may, and often do, have their own complementary requirements. The following discussion of these legal matters should be viewed as an orientation to the topic, not legal advice, which should be sought from one’s own legal counsel. We focus here on two primary federal laws that impact use of the MMPI tests in assessments of police officer candidates throughout the U.S. -- the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and the Civil Rights Act (1964, 1991). A more detailed discussion of these and other federal and national laws and guidelines is presented by Spilberg and Corey (2014).

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