Posttraumatic stress, depression and dissociation as predictors of MMPI-2 scale 8 scores in combat veterans with PTSD

Jon D. Elhai, Christopher B. Frueh, Paul B. Gold, Mark B. Hamner, Steven N. Gold

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Abstract

Findings from a previous study of sexual abuse trauma victims (Elhai, Gold, Mateus, & Astaphan, 2001) were replicated to assess whether posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and dissociation symptoms account for Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) scale 8 scores in combat trauma victims. Participants were 122 male veterans seeking outpatient treatment for combat-related PTSD. Hierarchical regression analysis assessed whether PTSD symptoms incrementally accounted for variation in scale 8 scores above and beyond depression and dissociation symptoms. Results revealed that PTSD symptoms did not incrementally account for additional scale 8 variation. However, negative and positive symptoms of psychosis did account for variance in scale 8. Clinical implications for assessment of PTSD and psychosis with trauma victims are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Trauma and Dissociation
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Combat
  • Military veterans
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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