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Multidimensional Health Profile

Linda S. Ruehlman, PhD, Richard I. Lanyon, PhD, and Paul Karoly, PhD

Assesses psychosocial and health risks in primary health care settings in individuals
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
18 years to 90 years
Approximately 15 minutes for each booklet; 20 minutes to score
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

Now available on PARiConnect! The Multidimensional Health Profile–Health Functioning form is now available for administration and scoring on PARiConnect. Ideal for use in health care settings, the MHP-H can provide insight to improve long-term health outcomes.


The MHP is a comprehensive screening instrument designed for general use in health-related settings. Evidence over the past 30 years indicates that early identification of adjustment disorders, dysfunctional attitudes, and health-compromising habits can facilitate cost-effective prevention programs and overall improvement of health care quality. This is the first instrument to provide comprehensive information about psychosocial and health functioning. National representative norms based on a sample of 2,411 participants are available by gender for three age groups (18–32 years, 33–50 years, and 51–90 years).

  • Detects areas of clinical concern and targets areas for follow-up evaluation.
  • Developed and standardized for use with individuals ages 18 years and older.
  • Consists of two 4-page carbonless, hand-scorable Test Booklets to use together or separately.

The MHP materials consist of a Professional Manual and two test booklets written at a fourth-grade reading level. The MHP–Psychosocial Functioning (MHP-P) booklet contains 58 items that cover four major areas of concern: life stress, coping skills, social resources, and mental health. The MHP–Health Functioning (MHP-H) booklet consists of 69 items that provide information in five major areas of concern: response to illness, health habits, adult health history, health care utilization, and health beliefs and attitudes.

Once the respondent has completed the booklet, the health professional peels back the top page to reveal the scoring page. Scale scores are plotted on the profile grid provided in the booklet. T scores are used to interpret the respondent's level of psychosocial and health functioning.

The MHP Professional Manual provides information on the development of the instrument; guidelines for administration, scoring, and interpretation; normative data; and data bearing on the reliability and validity of the scales.