Millon® Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI III) Starter Kit

Millon® Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI III) Starter Kit


Assess personality disorders and clinical syndromes

Assess personality disorders and clinical syndromes


Theodore Millon, Carrie Millon, Roger Davis and Seth Grossman

Age Range:

18 years and older


Individual – 25 to 30 minutes

Scoring Option:

Q-global™ web-based, Q Local™ Software or Manual Scoring

Reading Level:

8th Grade

Completion Time:

25–30 minutes (175 true/false items)


Adult inpatient and outpatient clinical sample; inmate correctional sample

Report Options:

Interpretive and Profile Reports

Publication Date:


Updated in 2009 with combined gender norms and a new Inconsistency (W) scale, the empirically validated, relevant, and reliable MCMI-III assessment provides support for the opinions of psychologists and other mental health professionals in clinical, counseling, medical, forensic, and other settings.

Users & Applications

Engaging and accessible, the MCMI-III is ideal for use with individuals being evaluated for emotional, behavioral, or interpersonal difficulties. The instrument helps:

  • Assess the interaction of Axis I and Axis II disorders based on the DSM-IV® classification system
  • Identify the deeper and pervasive personality characteristics underlying a patient’s overt symptoms
  • Gain an integrated understanding of the relationship between personality characteristics and clinical syndromes to facilitate treatment decisions

Features & Benefits

  • Developed by Dr. Theodore Millon and supported by more than 30 years of research
  • Updated norms increase the utility of the MCMI-III in forensic settings
  • A new inconsistency scale has been added, which greatly improves the ability of the instrument to detect random responding
  • Correlates with DSM-IV®
  • Time-efficient and cost-effective, the MCMI-III is designed to obtain the maximum amount of information with a minimal amount of patient effort
  • The Grossman Facet Scales identify personality processes that underlie overall scale elevations on the Personality Patterns scales


14 Personality Disorder Scales (Coordinate with DSM-IV Axis II disorders)

Moderate Personality Disorder Scales 1 – Schizoid
2A – Avoidant
2B – Depressive
3 – Dependent
4 – Histrionic
5 – Narcissistic
6A – Antisocial
6B – Sadistic (Aggressive)
7 – Compulsive
8A – Negativistic (Passive-Aggressive)
8B – Masochistic (Self-Defeating)

Severe Personality Pathology Scales
S – Schizotypal
C – Borderline
P – Paranoid

10 Clinical Syndrome Scales (Coordinate with DSM-IV Axis I disorders)

Moderate Syndrome Scales
A – Anxiety
H – Somatoform
N – Bipolar: Manic
D – Dysthymia
B – Alcohol Dependence
T – Drug Dependence
R – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Severe Syndrome Scales
SS – Thought Disorder
CC – Major Depression
PP – Delusional Disorder

Correction Scales (Help detect careless, confused or random responding)

Modifying Indices
X – Disclosure
Y – Desirability
Z – Debasement

Random Response Indicators
V – Invalidity
W – Inconsistency

Grossman Facet Scales

The facet scales are designed to help clinicians interpret elevations on the
Clinical Personality Patterns and the Severe Personality Pathology Scales.

Clinical Personality Patterns (11) and Corresponding Grossman Facet Scales

1 – Schizoid
1.1 – Temperamentally Apathetic
1.2 – Interpersonally Unengaged
1.3 – Expressively Impassive

2A – Avoidant
2A.1 – Interpersonally Aversive
2A.2 – Alienated Self-Image
2A.3 – Vexatious Representations

2B – Depressive
2B.1 – Temperamentally Woeful
2B.2 – Worthless Self-Image
2B.3 – Cognitively Fatalistic

3 – Dependent
3.1 – Inept Self-Image
3.2 – Interpersonally Submissive
3.3 – Immature Representations

4 – Histrionic
4.1 – Gregarious Self-Image
4.2 – Interpersonally Attention-Seeking
4.3 – Expressively Dramatic

5 – Narcissistic
5.1 – Admirable Self-Image
5.2 – Cognitively Expansive
5.3 – Interpersonally Exploitive

6A – Antisocial
6A.1 – Expressively Impulsive
6A.2 – Acting-Out Mechanism
6A.3 – Interpersonally Irresponsible

6B – Sadistic (Aggressive)
6B.1 – Temperamentally Hostile
6B.2 – Eruptive Organization
6B.3 – Pernicious Representations

7 – Compulsive
7.1 – Cognitively Constricted
7.2 – Interpersonally Respectful
7.3 – Reliable Self-Image

8A – Negativistic (Passive-Aggressive)
8A.1 – Temperamentally Irritable
8A.2 – Expressively Resentful
8A.3 – Discontented Self-Image

8B – Masochistic (Self-Defeating)
8B.1 – Discredited Representations
8B.2 – Cognitively Diffident
8B.3 – Undeserving Self-Image

Severe Personality Pathology (3) and Corresponding Grossman Facet Scales (9)

S – Schizotypal
S.1 – Estranged Self-Image
S.2 – Cognitively Autistic
S.3 – Chaotic Representations

C – Borderline
C.1 – Temperamentally Labile
C.2 – Interpersonally Paradoxical
C.3 – Uncertain Self-Image

P – Paranoid
P.1 – Cognitively Mistrustful
P.2 – Expressively Defensive
P.3 – Projection Mechanism

Psychometric Information

The updated norms are based on a nationally representative sample that included 752 males and females with a wide variety of diagnoses, including patients seen in independent practices, clinics, mental health centers, forensic settings, residential facilities and hospitals.

The Corrections Report builds on the clinical norms and has norms based on 1,676 male and female inmates.


Interpretive Report
This report provides an integrated interpretation of the scales, including a description of the patient’s personality characteristics and an assessment of clinical syndromes within the context of those characteristics. This report provides:

  • Patient’s demographic information
  • Graphic presentation of base rate scores for all scales
  • Listing of possible DSM-IV diagnoses
  • Treatment Guide – provides short-term treatment options based on individual results
  • Capsule Summary of results – helps clinicians readily put results to work

View a sample MCMI-III Interpretive Report
View a sample MCMI-III Annotated Interpretive Report

Profile Report
Providing a graphic representation of base rate scales for all scales, this report can help quickly identify clients who may require more intensive evaluation.

View a sample MCMI-III Profile Report.

Corrections Report

Read about the MCMI-III Corrections Report.

Scoring and/or Reporting Options

Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting – Enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.

Q Local™ Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software – Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.


MCMI Bibliography


MCMI-III Critical Research regarding Forensic Application and Daubert Criteria

Case Study

Case Study: The MCMI-III Test: A Tool to Help Therapists Understand and Treat PTSD Patients

Additional Resources

MCMI-III Recommended Resources


Visit our resource center to download the above information material. 

Getting Started with the Q-global Training Series

View these brief training modules about Q-global:

Module 1: Gaining Access to Q-global
Module 2: Signing in and setting up your account
Module 3: Managing sub-accounts
Module 4: How to generate reports

Past Webinars

MCMI-III: Clinical Application and Updates

Presenter: Seth Grossman, PsyD

The MCMI-III Webinar will be presented by Seth Grossman, Psy.D, and will cover the practical application of the instrument as well as some valuable updates, including clinical utility of the MCMI-III facet scales for treatment planning, information on the recently released combined gender norms and new Inconsistency (W) scale.

Valued for its brevity, the MCMI-III instrument helps clinicians quickly and accurately assess DSM-IV®-related disorders and clinical syndromes. A hallmark of this proven assessment is its treatment-oriented Interpretive Report, which presents an integrated and personalized view of results.


Frequently asked questions follow.

Test Content

When is it appropriate to use the MCMI-III test?

The MCMI-III test should be used for diagnostic screening or clinical assessment of adults who evidence problematic emotional and interpersonal symptoms or who are undergoing professional psychotherapy or a psychodiagnostic evaluation. It should not be used with nonclinical cases. Individuals under the age of 18 should be administered the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI® test) or the Millon Pre-Adolescent Clinical Inventory (M-PACI®), depending on the individual’s age, rather than the MCMI-III test.

How is the MCMI-III test different from the MCMI-II test?

  • Ninety items were revised or replaced.
  • One new personality scale (Depressive) was added.
  • One new Clinical Syndrome scale (PTSD) was added.
  • New Noteworthy Responses sections were added for childhood abuse and eating disorders.
  • The Axis I scales, specifically Alcohol Dependence, were improved.
  • The item-weighting scheme was changed.
  • There are fewer items per scale and less item overlap among scales.


What are base rate scores?

Base rate scores are a kind of standardized score that differs from the standardized scores that are reported for most personality and clinical inventories. Instead of standardizing all scales in the inventory to the same mean and standard deviation (e.g., a mean of 50 and standard deviation of 10) in the inventory’s normative sample, base rate scores are scaled to reflect the differing prevalence rates of the characteristics measured by the inventory. Base rate scores are unique to the Millon inventories. See the MCMI-III manual for a more complete description of the rationale and implementation of base rate scores.

What is the purpose of the Grossman facet scales?

The facet scales help pinpoint the specific personality processes (e.g., self-image, interpersonal relations) that underlie overall elevations on the Clinical Personality Patterns and Severe Personality Pathology scales, thereby aiding in the interpretation of those scales. For each of the primary personality scales, three scales measuring “facets” specified by Millon’s theory as prominent structural or functional features of that personality pattern are reported. Thus, there are 42 total facet scales tied to the 14 primary personality scales.

How are the Grossman facet scale results reported?

The profile report includes a graph showing the most salient facet scale scores and a table showing all 42 facet scale scores. The interpretive report includes the graph, the table, and a section with interpretive text for the scales. Printing the facet scale results is optional for both the profile report and the interpretive report.

Handscore starter kit:
Includes manual, user’s guide, 10 test booklets, 50 answer sheets, 50 worksheets, 50 profile forms and answer keys
ISBN: 9780749153618

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