Corresponding Author Information: Andrew J. Kremyar, MA

Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Documenting empirical correlates of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-3 (MMPI-3) scale scores is important for expanding the clinical utility of the instrument. To this end, the goals of the current study were to examine associations between scores on MMPI-3 scales and measures of anxiety sensitivity (AS) and distress intolerance (DI), two constructs reflecting intolerance of negative emotional states that are implicated in many psychological conditions, and to identify the scales that most strongly predict each construct.

SUBJECTS: We used a sample of 287 undergraduate students (71% women; M age = 18.90, SD = 1.12; 85% White) to address our research goals.

METHOD/MATERIALS/ANALYSES: Zero-order correlational, regression, and dominance analyses were performed to examine both zero-order and concurrent associations between scores on MMPI-3 scales and self-report measures of AS and DI.

RESULTS: Results indicate that when MMPI-3 scale scores are considered conjointly by scale family, they predict meaningful variance in AS and DI measure scores, with conceptually implicated scales in the somatic, internalizing, and somatic domains offering the strongest prediction across scale families.

CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that MMPI-3 scale scores may be used to measure AS and DI. Implications for both research and practice, limitations, and future research directions are discussed.


Andrew J. Kremyar, MA | Kent State University, Kent, OH

Tayla T.C. Lee | Ball State University (Muncie, IN)

Andrew J. KremyarAndrew J. Kremyar

Andrew J. Kremyar is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University. His research interests include examining the role of transdiagnostic mechanisms in psychopathology and assessment of internalizing phenomena with the MMPI family of instruments.

Dr. Tayla LeeDr. Tayla T.C. Lee 

Tayla T.C. Lee, PhD, HSPP is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Ball State University. Dr. Lee received her PhD in clinical psychology from Kent State University and completed post-doctoral training at Indiana University – Bloomington. Dr. Lee’s research investigates cognitive and personality mechanisms influencing externalizing disorders, as well as best practices in psychological assessment. Dr. Lee is an associate editor for theJournal of Personality Assessment and a consulting editor for Psychological Assessment, Assessment, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Dr. Lee teaches courses in psychopathology, psychological assessment, and quantitative methods. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana and maintains a private practice conducting psychological and forensic assessments.

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