Factors differentiating successful versus unsuccessful malingerers
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Anxiety Disorders; Diagnosis, Differential; Female; Humans; Male; Malingering; Mental Disorders; Mood Disorders; Personality Inventory; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Psychotic Disorders
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Relatively little is known about the processes in which "successful" malingerers engage to avoid detection. This study summarizes the response strategies used by participants (N = 540) instructed to feign a specific mental disorder while completing various self-report instruments designed to detect faking. Postexperiment questionnaires indicated that those who were able to appear symptomatic while avoiding being detected as feigning (n = 60) were more likely to endorse a lower rate of legitimate symptoms, to avoid overly unusual or bizarre items, and to base their responses on their own personal experiences.
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Citation: J Pers Assess. 2001 Oct;77(2):333-8. Link to article on publisher's site
Edens, John F.; Guy, Laura S.; Otto, Randy K.; Buffington, Jacqueline K.; Tomicic, Tara L.; and Poythress, Norman G., "Factors differentiating successful versus unsuccessful malingerers" (2001). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 330.