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Korsakoff's syndrome on the MMPI-2

  • Jos I. M. Egger (a1) (a2), Arie J. Wester (a2), Hubert R. A. De Mey (a1) and Jan J. L. Derksen (a1)



This article describes an exploratory study of MMPI-2 administration to 20 patients with Korsakoff's disease, all admitted to the Korsakoff unit of a major psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands.


We compared their MMPI-2 basic profiles with those of an inpatient alcohol-dependent non-Korsakoff group. Attention was also given to content scales and some selected supplementary scales. Furthermore, we explored the differences between MMPI-2 profiles of Korsakoff patients with and without insight into oneself and one's disease.


Compared with both the Dutch norms and the scale means of the non-Korsakoff alcoholics, Korsakoff patients showed an extraordinary flat profile. Illness insight appeared to be related to the levels of the various scales.


The results show the potential usefulness of the MMPI-2 in the differential diagnosis of chronic alcoholism and Korsakoff's disease.


Corresponding author

Jos I.M. Egger, Department of Clinical Psychology and Personality, University of Nijmegen, PO Box 9104, 6500 HE Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Tel: + 31 (0) 24 3612668; Fax: + 31 (0) 478 630797; E-mail:


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Korsakoff's syndrome on the MMPI-2

  • Jos I. M. Egger (a1) (a2), Arie J. Wester (a2), Hubert R. A. De Mey (a1) and Jan J. L. Derksen (a1)


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