Assessing Adolescents with the MACI
by Joseph T. McCann

Published by Wiley, 1999

238 pages, hardbound
ISBN 0471326194





Assessing Adolescents with the MACI is an interpretive guide for using the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory--the most widely used personality assessment test for adolescents. The first book devoted exclusively to the MACI, this resource will prove a helpful guide for understanding the test, interpreting the results in clinical evaluation, and making appropriate recommendations for treatment and care management.

Unlike other assessment tests developed for adults and adapted for adolescents, the MACI was created to address the unique concerns, pressures, and situations of adolescents. The MACI is also constructed using an underlying theory of personality and psychopathology. The MACI is a 160-item, 31-scale self report inventory that was designed to assess personality styles, significant problems or concerns, and clinical symptoms in adolescents. Using a true false format, the MACI surveys a wide range of personality characteristics and clinical symptoms that tend to be a focus in psychological evaluations of teenagers that wither have or are suspected of having emotional or behavioral difficulties.

While multi-scale personality inventories such as the MACI are useful for improving the clinician's understanding of an adolescent's personality and clinical symptoms, there are other reasons for using such instruments. The MACI can be used to formulate diagnostic hypotheses, formulate treatment plans, or assist in decision making surrounding care management and disposition planning. The MACI can be used as an outcome measure to evaluate changes in an adolescent's functioning as a result of treatment intervention. Of course, the MACI can also be used in research studies to investigate a range of issues that pertain to adolescent psychopathology, personality, and treatment response.

Drawing on a broad range of sources, including data in the MACI manual, published research studies, unpublished research, theoretical literature, and his own experience with the test, Joseph McCann lays the groundwork for the basis of the test and then offers an exhaustive exploration of all facets of the test. Recognizing both the strengths and weaknesses of the MACI, McCann offers a balanced and comprehensive resource on this vital tool.


Chapter 1
Basic Issues and Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 2
Development of the MACI

Chapter 3
Profile Features and Psychometric Characteristics

Chapter 4
Assessing Profile Validity

Chapter 5
Personality Pattern Scales

Chapter 6
Expressed Concerns Scales

Chapter 7
Clinical Syndromes Scales

Chapter 8
Integrating the MACI profile 

Chapter 9
Special Diagnostic and Assessment Issues

Chapter 10
Clinical Applications

Chapter 11
Treatment Planning with the MACI




Joseph T. McCann, PsyD, JD, is a psychologist and attorney in Binghamton, New York, whose clinical and forensic practice encompasses a range of criminal, civil, and family court matters. His numerous publications are in the area of personality assessment and forensic psychology. A Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, Dr. McCann is frequently called upon as an expert witness. He also serves as a consultant examiner for the New York State Office of Professional Discipline and is on the staff of the Binghamton Psychiatric Center's Children and Youth Mobile Mental Health Team.





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