The MCMI as a Measure of DSM-III

Thomas A. Widiger, Janet B.W. Williams, Robert L. Spitzer, Allen Frances

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The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) has been interpreted as a measure of DSM-III disorders. However, the MCMI was constructed and validated primarily as a measure of Millons (1969, 1981) taxonomy, not DSM-III. Comparison of the two taxonomies and examination of the MCMIs content validity for two of the MCMI scales indicate only a partial congruence between the Millon and DSM-III taxonomies. There has been no published empirical research concerning the relationship between the MCMI and DSM-III, and the derivation and cross-validation research for the MCMI scales employed Millons taxonomy and not DSM-III. It is suggested that until such data have been presented one should be cautious in ones interpretation of the MCMI as a measure of DSM-III disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-378
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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