Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


School Psychology


The purpose of the study was to compare the MMPI scores of graduating high school seniors and their parents. The Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Inventory was administered to one hundred and twenty subjects (forty students and eighty parents). The students were enrolled in five public schools and three private schools in Southwest Missouri, Central Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma. The volunteer subjects were selected using random sampling procedures. The data were collected during March and April, 1983.

The MMPI protocols were hand-scored for three Validity Scales (L, F, K), ten Clinical Scales (Hs, D, Hy, Pd, Mf, Pa, Pt, Sc, Ma, Si) and ten Research Scales (A, R, Es, Ca, Dy, Do, Re, Pr, St, Cn). The major hypothesis was there are no significant differences between high school students' and their parents' MMPI scores using the Validity, Clinical and Research Scales. A three way analysis-of-variance factorial design was used to test the hypothesis.

The results of the statistical analyses showed significant differences between students and parents using the Clinical Scales at the .005 level and the Research Scales at the .01 level. No significant differences were found between students and parents using the Validity Scales.

Same-sex and different-sex comparisons were analyzed by a paired t-test for the students and parents. Significant mean differences were found among the Clinical and Research Scales between the father-daughter and father-son comparisons. No significant mean differences were found for the mother-daughter comparisons. Mother-son comparisons yielded significant mean differences among the Validity, Clinical and Research Scales.


viii, 117 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. Bibliography: leaves 64-69


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