Q-Global Millon® Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III) Interpretive Report

Q-Global Millon® Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III) Interpretive Report


Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, Carrie Millon, PhD, Roger Davis, PhD, Seth Grossman, PsyD


Assessment of DSM-IV®-related personality disorders and clinical syndromes

Age Range:

18 and older


Paper-and-pencil, computer, or online administration

Scoring Option:

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

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.

Mail-in Scoring Service – Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to Pearson for processing within 24–48 hours of receipt; results returned via regular mail.

Pre-recorded 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. Click on a question to see the response.

Test Content

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

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


  • What are base rate scores?

  • What is the purpose of the Grossman facet scales?

  • How are the Grossman facet scale results reported?

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