Psychopathology and women's attitudes towards equal rights: An MMPI study

Zack Z. Cernovsky1
1University of Western Ontario, Canada
Cite this article:  Cernovsky, Z. Z. (1986). Psychopathology and women's attitudes towards equal rights: An MMPI study. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 14(2), 167-170.

Volume 14 Issue 2 | e496 | Published: August 1986 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1986.14.2.167

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Women who answered true to item 101 (I believe women ought to have as much sexual freedom as men) on the MMPI were found to differ from those who responded false in terms of age, visuospatial reasoning skills as shown by higher IQ equivalents on the Raven's Matrices, and scores on MMPI measures of depression, neurotic tendencies, ego strength, and social isolation. The participants were 86 alcohol and drug addicts tested on admission to addiction treatment: only 18.6% responded with false to the MMPI item 101. It was concluded that influencing female psycho-therapy clients to adopt more old fashioned attitudes in respect to equal rights in the area of sexual freedom might be an iatrogenic step.


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