What is it about?

We used a statistical technique called cluster analysis to identify different subtypes of subjective symptom reports on a comprehensive personality inventory in persons with traumatic brain injury. We found that the subtype that reported the most problems had primarily uncomplicated mild injuries, and had a large proportion of persons with complicating factors (e.g., past physical or sexual abuse) before the brain injury.

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Why is it important?

Our findings indicate that subjective symptoms after a traumatic brain injury cannot be routinely and automatically attributed to that brain injury. Pre-existing complicating histories play a major role.

Perspectives

This is the first time anybody has looked at subtypes of MMPI-2-RF profiles in a large clinical sample with a broad range of injury severity, and not just primarily people involved in financial compensation-seeking. For that reason, the paper makes a new contribution to the literature.

Jacobus Donders
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

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This page is a summary of: MMPI-2-RF patterns after traumatic brain injury., Psychological Assessment, June 2019, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pas0000742.
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