Factors differentiating successful versus unsuccessful malingerersSystems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Psychiatry
Medical Subject HeadingsAdult; Anxiety Disorders; Diagnosis, Differential; Female; Humans; Male; Malingering; Mental Disorders; Mood Disorders; Personality Inventory; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Psychotic Disorders
AbstractRelatively 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 InformationJohn F. Edens, Laura S. Guy, Randy K. Otto, Jacqueline K. Buffington, et al.. "Factors differentiating successful versus unsuccessful malingerers" Vol. 77 Iss. 2 (2001) ISSN: 0022-3891 (Linking)
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