Millon Clinical Multiaxial Iventory (MCMI) findings among breast clinic patients after initial evaluation and at 4- or 8-month follow-up

J. Malec, W. Wolberg, E. Romsaas, D. Trump, M. Tanner

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Twenty-seven patients who subsequently underwent benign biopsy and 41 patients diagnosed to have breast cancer completed the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) after initial examination in a breast problem clinic and again after 4 months or, for CA patients who were completing a course of chemo/radio-therapy, after 8 months. At initial testing, the trend toward fewer moderate-severe disorders among the benign biopsy (BB) group did not reach statistical significance. However, at follow-up, the difference was significant; the BB group showed fewer moderate-severe disorders (7.5%) than the cancer (CA) group (29%). Concordance of two-point peak elevations on scales 1-8, S, C, and P was examined. For the BB group, 56% had the same two high points on both testings, compared to only 27% of the CA group. Test-retest correlations on personality scales were generally lower for the CA group than for the BB group. We concluded that (1) approximately 30% of breast CA patients showed a disruption of psychological adjustment clearly severe enough to merit consideration of a mental health referral; (2) despite the frequency of significant distress, major affective and thought disorders were infrequent among this group; (3) distress associated with breast CA may interfere with the reliable assessment of long-standing personality traits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume44
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Breast
Biopsy
Breast Neoplasms
Personality
Neoplasms
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
Mood Disorders
Radio
Mental Health
Referral and Consultation
Cancer
Evaluation
Clinic
Breast Cancer
Cancer Patients
Testing
Therapeutics
Disruption
Psychological
Concordance

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  • Clinical Psychology

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Millon Clinical Multiaxial Iventory (MCMI) findings among breast clinic patients after initial evaluation and at 4- or 8-month follow-up. / Malec, J.; Wolberg, W.; Romsaas, E.; Trump, D.; Tanner, M.

In: Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 44, No. 2, 1988, p. 175-180.

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