An MMPI Control Study: Chinese Migraineurs During Frequent Headache Attack Intervals


Dr. Arthur Yin Fan, 201, #6-1 Zhenxiang, Xuanwu, Nanjing, P.R. China 210018.


The investigation of personality traits of migraineurs with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is an important line of research, but so far has led to diverse conclusions. In this study, the MMPI (Chinese edition) responses of 50 Chinese subjects (10 men, 40 women) with migraine (4 migraine with aura, 46 without aura), during frequent headache attacks were compared with 30 nonheadache healthy control subjects (6 men, 24 women). Statistical analysis was made between the two groups. The results revealed that subjects in the migraine group had significantly higher scores on subtests of neurotic, (hypochondriasis, depression, hysteria, and psychasthenia), schizophrenia, and social introversion (P<0.05 to 0.001). Utilizing the American T-score, we found the migraine group's MMPI profile was a typical model. These results suggest migraineurs with frequent headache attacks have multiphasic personality abnormalities and partial cerebral function disturbances.