In this article, we examined racial differences in psychometric data on 4 commonly used self-report inventories administered to a group of 206 combat veterans evaluated at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center outpatient posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment program. Patients completed the Beck Depression Inventory, Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related PTSD, Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES), and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). Black veterans showed greater elevations than White veterans on the DES, and the F-K index and Scales 6 and 8 of the MMPI-2. In addition, normative data are presented for the entire sample on each measure. Results suggest that, consistent with studies using the original MMPI, these patients endorse severe levels of psychopathology across a broad range of symptoms, including depression and disturbed thinking. Implications for clinical practice and future research are addressed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis