Kent Hughes

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology


The purpose of this study was to develop a linear model of predicting aggression in inpatient adolescent males using selected MMPI clinical and special scales. The definition of aggression was measured by the number of seclusion and restraint interventions necessitated by each participant. Hospital records of 186 patients over a three year period were reviewed for MMPI data and seclusion and restraint information. Multiple regression analysis was utilized to analyze the data. A predictive equation was established including the MMPI Scale 8(Sc) in predicting number of restraint interventions. Although this equation was statistically significant at the .01 level, it was not clinically significant due to the minimal amount of variance accounted for by the predictor variable. Recommendations for future research were made.

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