Author/s: Theodore Millon, Robert Tringone, Carrie Millon and Seth Grossman
Publication year: 2005
Age Range: 19 years to 12 years
Administration: Individual – 15 to 20 minutes
Scores/ Interpretation: A sample of 292 pre-adolescents, ages 9-12, from 53 sites from across the U.S.
Scoring options: Q-global™ web-based, Q™ Local Software, Manual scoring, or Mail-in Scoring Service
Report Options: Interpretive and Profile Reports
Identify psychological problems in pre-adolescent children
Every child deserves to enjoy youth to the fullest. But for some young people, psychological problems can stand in the way—and these difficulties may take root long before the “troubled teens.” As a professional who works with children daily, you know first-hand the challenges some preteens face. And, we know the challenges you may face in pinpointing the source of pre-adolescent issues.
Now, there’s a comprehensive tool specifically designed to help you quickly and accurately identify psychological problems in children ages 9–12: the Millon®; Pre-Adolescent Clinical Inventory (M-PACI®). Unlike instruments that focus on a single clinical area such as anxiety or depression, the M-PACI assessment provides an integrated view that synthesizes the child’s emerging personality styles and clinical syndromes, helping clinicians detect early signs of Axis I and Axis II disorders.
Effective and efficient, the M-PACI can help you arrange early intervention on difficulties that may keep students from making the most of their preteen years—and these, if left undetected, can lead to bigger heartaches down the road.
How to Use This Test
The M-PACI is used for pre-adolescent assessment in outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, and residential treatment settings. Psychologists, psychiatrists, school psychologists, counselors, juvenile justice professionals, and other mental health professionals can use M-PACI results to help:
- Evaluate troubled pre-adolescents to confirm diagnostic hypotheses
- Contribute to individualized treatment planning by providing an integrated picture of emerging personality patterns and current clinical signs
- Measure progress before, during, and after treatment
- Contains fewer than 100 questions and takes most pre-adolescents only 15–20 minutes to complete.
- Uses age-appropriate language and requires minimal reading level.
- Validated against expert clinician judgments and other leading self-report inventories for this age group.
- Developed by Dr. Theodore Millon, a leader in the field of personality development.
- A summary of potential treatment strategies, tailored to each patient, is provided in the M-PACI interpretive report. This information can help clinicians decide which issues to focus on during treatment and how to address them with the patient.
Emerging Personality Patterns
Current Clinical Signs
B. Attention Deficits
D. Conduct Problems
E. Disruptive Behaviors
F. Depressive Moods
G. Reality Distortions
Response Validity Indicators
RN Response Negativity
The normative population of the M-PACI consists of 292 pre-adolescents, ages 9–12, from 53 sites from across the U.S. These sites included private practices, residential treatment facilities, public mental health centers and family guidance clinics, and other types of settings.
Provides an integrated analysis of results with regard to the patient’s emerging personality patterns and current clinical signs. Noteworthy Responses help provide clues for follow-up interviews based on individual item responses. The interpretive report also lists recommended treatment strategies tailored to each patient. Suggested treatment approaches are based on the test-taker’s emerging personality patterns and current clinical signs. The report also includes a profile of base rate scores for the scales.
View a sample M-PACI Interpretive Report.
Presents a graphic representation of base rate scores for all 14 scales and two response validity indicators in an easy-to-read graph. As with the interpretive report, this report can help give administrators a picture of the individual’s personality and behavioral concerns.
View a sample M-PACI Profile Report.
Scoring and/or Reporting Options
Q-global™ Web-based – Enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.
Q Local™ Software – Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.
Getting Started with the Q-global Training Series
View these brief training modules about Q-global:
Frequently asked questions follow.
What is the reading level of the M-PACI items?
The M-PACI items are at the third-grade reading level.
Is the M-PACI inventory appropriate for use with non-clinical cases?
No. The inventory was developed and normed based on the responses of 9- to 12-year-olds who were being seen in clinical settings. It should not be used to screen non-clinical cases for psychological problems.
Can the M-PACI inventory be used in school settings?
Yes, but only with children who have been referred for evaluation and/or counseling due to apparent behavioral and/or emotional problems. In other words, it should only be used with clinical cases.
Can the M-PACI inventory be used with children younger than 9 or older than 12?
No. The children involved in the M-PACI development and validation research were between the ages of 9 and 12. Thus, there are no data to support M-PACI use with children outside this age range. The scoring software will not score the inventory if the child is younger than 9 or older than 12.
Is the M-PACI inventory available in any languages other than English?
Not at this time.
How long does it take most children to complete the M-PACI inventory?
Twenty minutes or less.
Is the M-PACI inventory available for administration over the Internet?
No. The M-PACI inventory can be administered on-screen using this software or it can be administered paper and pencil.
How many M-PACI items can be omitted before the inventory is unscorable?
If five or more items are omitted (either left blank or double-marked) the inventory is unscorable. If possible, the child should be asked to answer omitted items so that the inventory can be scored.
Handscore starter kit:
Includes manual, 50 answer sheets, 50 profile forms and answer keys