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Factors differentiating successful versus unsuccessful malingerers
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • John F. Edens, Southern Methodist University
  • Laura S. Guy, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Randy K. Otto, University of South Florida
  • Jacqueline K. Buffington, Sam Houston State University
  • Tara L. Tomicic, Sam Houston State University
  • Norman G. Poythress, University of South Florida
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Department of Psychiatry
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Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Anxiety Disorders; Diagnosis, Differential; Female; Humans; Male; Malingering; Mental Disorders; Mood Disorders; Personality Inventory; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Psychotic Disorders
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
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John 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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