Adult Attachment Style on the MMPI-2: Does an Elevated Scale 4 Predict Dismissing Attachment?
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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Adult Attachment Projective; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Assessment-2
This study examines some aspects of Caldwell's (200 I) hypotheses about the adaptations associated with elevations on the clinical scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Assessment-2 (MMPI-2). The argument is made that the adaptation to early rejection and neglect, which he attributes to Scale 4, parallels the adaptation represented by a dismissing attachment. Archival data of 72 individuals who completed assessment batteries that included both the MMPI-2 and that Adult Attachment Projective (AAP) were analyzed to determine if there was a relationship between elevations on Scale 4 and classification as dismissing attachment. No significant relationship was found for the primary hypothesis; however, some small effects were noted in related exploratory analyses. Possible reasons for the lack of a significant result are discussed a well as directions for future research.
Kemp, James, "Adult Attachment Style on the MMPI-2: Does an Elevated Scale 4 Predict Dismissing Attachment?" (2010). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 116.