Validation of an abbreviated version of the structured interview of reported symptoms in outpatient psychiatric and community settings

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Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

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Adult; Aged; *Ambulatory Care Facilities; Community Mental Health Services; Female; Forensic Psychiatry; Humans; *Interview, Psychological; Male; Malingering; Middle Aged


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Psychology | Health Services Research | Law and Psychology | Medical Jurisprudence | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


This study examined the effectiveness of an abbreviated version of the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS-A) in identifying malingered mental illness. The SIRS-A is comprised of 69 items drawn from the SIRS (R. Rogers et al. 1992, SIRS: Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms: Professional Manual. Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.), substantially reducing the administration time. A simulation design was used with three samples; 87 psychiatric outpatients who responded honestly were compared to 29 community-dwelling adults and 24 psychiatric patients instructed to malinger psychopathology. The SIRS-A generated sensitivity comparable to or exceeding that of the SIRS normative data, but specificity was poorer; many genuinely impaired patients were misclassified as malingering. Although these findings suggest the SIRS-A may be an effective means to assess malingering in psychiatric populations, further research assessing the reasons for the elevated false positive rates is necessary.

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Law Hum Behav. 2008 Apr;32(2):177-86. Epub 2007 Jun 9. Link to article on publisher's site

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Law and human behavior


At the time of publication, Ekaterina Pivovarova was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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