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Convergent and discriminant validity for the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised and the Brief Symptom Inventory were examined for a population of 184 crisis residential unit admissions. Correlations were obtained with analogous and nonanalogous scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2. Significant correlations were discussed in terms of convergent and discriminant validity. A cluster analysis was performed separately for scale scores from each of the instruments to determine if homogenous groups of crisis unit residents could be identified. Obtained cluster profiles were described with regard to possible clinical presentation and diagnosis. The utility of the three testing instruments was discussed with regard to obtaining important clinical data. Treatment and research implications were explored.