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New Perspectives on Faking in Personality Assessment$
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Matthias Ziegler, Carolyn MacCann, and Richard Roberts

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387476

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387476.001.0001

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Plaintiffs Who Malinger

Plaintiffs Who Malinger

Impact of Litigation on Fake Testimony

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New Perspectives on Faking in Personality Assessment

Ryan C. W. Hall

Richard C. W. Hall

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how psychometric testing can aid clinicians and forensic experts in understanding a patient/examinee. In addition, the chapter discusses how psychometric test results suggestive for malingering may look based on the malingerer’s situation (e.g. criminal or civil context), motivation (faking good or faking bad), and sophistication (e.g., coached). Other factors that may also result in symptom elevation scores (e.g., stress of a lawsuit, response bias, unconscious factors), which may not be due to a clear intention to malinger, are also discussed. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the ethical obligations inherent with the use of these tests (e.g., test integrity, informing about validity scales, sharing of results).

Keywords:   plaintiffs, personal injury, coaching, faking bad, faking good, stress of litigation, PTSD, head injury, compensation neurosis, ethics

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