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The Detection of Malingered Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with MMPI-2 Fake Bad Indices
Psychological Assessment
  • Jon D Elhai
  • Steven N Gold, Nova Southeastern University
  • Alfred H Sellers
  • William I Dorfman, Nova Southeastern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2001
Keywords
  • MMPI-2,
  • Malingering,
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
  • Child Sexual Abuse
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract
This investigation explored the effect of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) simulation on Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) responses, to detect malingered from genuine PTSD. Sixty-four adult PTSD outpatients at a child sexual abuse (CSA) survivor treatment program were compared with 85 adult college students instructed and trained to malinger PTSD. MMPI-2 overreporting indices examined were F, F-Fb, F-K, F(p), Ds2, O-S, OT, and FBS. A stepwise discriminant analysis identified F(p), F-K, and O-S as the best malingering predictors. A predictive discriminant analysis yielded good hit rates for the model, with impressive cross-validation results. Cutoff scores were assessed for the model's predictors. Clinical implications for detecting malingered PTSD using the MMPI-2 are discussed.
DOI
10.1177/107319110100800210
Citation Information
Jon D Elhai, Steven N Gold, Alfred H Sellers and William I Dorfman. "The Detection of Malingered Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with MMPI-2 Fake Bad Indices" Psychological Assessment Vol. 8 Iss. 2 (2001) p. 221 - 236 ISSN: 1040-3590
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william-dorfman/90/