Review Article: PDF OnlyFordyce Wilbert E. Ph.D.; Bigos, Stanley J. M.D.; Batti'e, Michele C. P.T., Ph.D.; Fisher, Lloyd D. Ph.D.The Clinical Journal of Pain: September 1992 - p 222-226 Buy Abstract Items and selected subscales of Scale 3 (Hysteria) of the MMPI were examined to pinpoint personality or emotional factors predictive of back injury reports in an industrial setting. Data were derived from a previous prospective-design study of back pain in volunteer hourly wage employees of an aircraft manufacturing company. After physical examination and completion of questionnaires pertaining to demographic, psychosocial (including the MMPI). and workplace factors, workers were followed for an average of 3 years. Those who subsequently reported back injury were compared with those who did not. In that study three variables predicted report of back injury, one of which was Scale 3 of the MMPI. Individual items, Ornduff et al. subscales of Psychological Denial and Body Concern, and the five Harris-Lingoes (1955) subscales of Scale 3 were analyzed. Three Harris-Lingoes subscales showed significant relationships to the criterion. Hy-3: Lassitude/Malaise; Hy-1: Denial of Social Anxiety; and, marginally, Hy-2: Need for Affection, significantly contributed to prediction effectiveness. Results and implications for the understanding of factors predicting back injury reports and for the medical evaluation of pain and the concept of pain are discussed. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.