Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Bill Arnold

Second Advisor

Dr. Israel Cuellar

Third Advisor

Dr. Valerie James-Aldridge


This research investigated response style differences between highly acculturated and low acculturated Mexican-Americans on the Negative Impression (NI) and Positive Impression (PI) Scales of the Millon Index of Personality Styles (Millon, 1994). The MIPS is a questionnaire designed to measure personality styles of normally functioning adults. Research has suggested that culturally distinct response styles are common in less acculturated Mexican-Americans. If present, these culturally distinct styles could be misinterpreted and have a negative or harmful impact on the assessment of Mexican-Americans. Analyses of covariance on data from two culturally distinct groups of Mexican-American college students, with age, gender, educational level, and socioeconomic status covaried, showed no significant differences in response styles on either the NI or PI scales. Implications of these findings are discussed.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Sociology Commons