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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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SOUCI V., Mauricio  and  V. VINET, Eugenia. Exploratory psychometric examination of the millon clinical multiaxial inventory III (MCMI-III) in chilean prison inmates. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.2, pp. 168-184. ISSN 0718-7475.

This study explores the psychometric properties of the MCMI-III in a sample (n = 123) of Chilean adult male offenders imprisoned for the perpetration of property, personal, and sexual offenses. Specifically, it examined the MCMI-III's concurrent and discriminant validity as well as its reliability. The MCMI-III personality scales had moderate concurrent validity with the dimensions of the Five-Factor Model as measured by the NEO-FFI, but they had an adequate discriminant capacity when the prison inmates were compared with clinical patients. The MCMI-III also showed modest internal consistency and test-retest stability, which demonstrate that motivation, oppositional behavior and social desirability are relevant variables in prison inmates. These findings, which are partially consistent with those reported by other researchers, suggest that the MCMI-III may be a useful instrument to assess the psychological functioning of Chilean forensic populations, but further work is required to evaluate the test's psychometric properties in these populations.

Keywords : MCMI-III; reliability; validity; Chilean prison inmates.

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