Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Joseph R. Morris

Second Advisor

Dr. Edward Trembley

Third Advisor

Dr. Malcolm Robertson


This research investigated the utility of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) as an instrument in the diagnosis of adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Subjects were 32 male and 12 female adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 who presented for evaluation and/or treatment for ADHD in one of three privately operated mental health clinics in a large, industrial, midwestem state. Upon establishment of the diagnosis by a psychologist who specializes in the area of ADHD, the subjects were invited to participate in the study and complete the MMPI-A. A correlational research design was used which compared the results of the MMPI-A of the ADHD adolescents with the normative data sample from the MMPI Restandardization and Adolescent Project, 1992.

Statistically significant elevations were noted on 45 of the 65 subscales for the 32 male subjects. Statistically significant elevations were noted on 27 of 65 subscales for the 12 female subjects. Clinical elevation was observed on scales 4, 9, Pal, Mai, A-con, A-sch, MAC-R and PRO for male subjects and scales 3, 4, D4, Hy3, Pd2, A-sch, MAC-R and PRO for female subjects, indicating that the MMPI-A could be used to help identity ADHD adolescents.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access