A comparative evaluation of Korean MMPI-A and MMPI-A-RF Substance Abuse Scales

Jacob V. White, Kyunghee Han, Nathan C. Weed, Jeeyoung Lim, Kyungjoo Moon, Keunyoung Yook, Ji Hae Kim

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Objective: The purpose of the present study was to compare psychometric properties of the Substance Abuse (SUB) Scale on the Korean Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–Adolescent-Restructured Form (MMPI-A-RF) with those on the Korean MMPI-A (the Alcohol/Drug Problem Acknowledgment Scale [ACK]), the Alcohol/Drug Problem Proneness Scale [PRO], and the MacAndrew Alcoholism Scale-Revised Scale [MAC-R]). Method: Participants consisted of 237 Korean adolescent psychiatric patients whose scores on these measures were compared in terms of internal consistency and predictive validity. Results: Scores on SUB exhibited superior internal consistency to that of the MMPI-A substance abuse scales. Further, scores on SUB predicted substance abuse more accurately than did the optimal combination of scores on the MMPI-A substance abuse scales. Conclusion: Results provide strong support for the use of the Korean MMPI-A-RF SUB scale when assessing substance abuse in Korean youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2248-2258
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • Korean MMPI-A
  • Korean MMPI-A-RF
  • substance abuse


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