Date of Award

3-28-2014

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Hale Martin

First Committee Member

John A. McKinnon

Second Committee Member

Artur Poczwardowski

Keywords

MMPI-A; Maturity; Assessment; Adolescents

Abstract

The construct of maturity is often discussed in the realm of adolescent development; however, relatively little research has been devoted to developing a comprehensive, reliable, and valid measure with which to assess it. The purpose of this study was to investigate the concurrent validity of the Montana Adolescent Maturity Assessment - III (MAMA-III), a proxy measure completed by clinicians regarding an adolescent's functioning, with the immaturity scale (IMM) of the MMPI-A. To provide more specified results, a factor analysis of the IMM was undertaken. Results yielded a low but significant correlation between the MAMA-III and the IMM, as well as significant convergent correlations between individual factors of the MAMA and IMM scales. Correlations among the MAMA-III factors, the IMM factors, and the ten clinical scales of the MMPI-A were also analyzed with the goal of better understanding what each measures. Implications are discussed regarding the clinical distinctions between the two measures, and the prospect of a more comprehensive understanding of the construct of maturity.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

27 pages

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Psychology Commons

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