Detection of feigned mental disorders a meta-analysis of the MMPI-2 and malingering

Richard Rogers, Kenneth W. Sewell, Mary A. Martin, Michael J Vitacco

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Abstract

The validity of test data from nniltiscale inventories is dependent on self-reports that may be easily distorted by malingering. In examining the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2's (MMPI-2) role in the assessment of feigning, this review provides a conceptual analysis of the detection strategies underlying the MMPI-2 validity scales. The conceptual analysis is augmented by comprehensive meta-analysis of 65 MMPI-2 feigning studies plus II MMPI-2 diagnostic studies. For the rare-symptoms strategy, Fp (Cohen 's d = 2.02) appears especially effective across diagnostic groups; its cut scores evidence greater consistency than most validity indicators. The data supported the F as an effective scale but questioned the routine use ofFb. Among the specialized scales, Ds appeared especially useful because of its sophisticated strategy, consistent cut score, and minimal false-positives. General guidelines are offered for specific MMPI-2 validity scales in the assessment of malingering with specific diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-177
Number of pages18
JournalAssessment
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Detection strategies
  • Feigning
  • MMPI-2
  • Malingering
  • Overreporting

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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Detection of feigned mental disorders a meta-analysis of the MMPI-2 and malingering. / Rogers, Richard; Sewell, Kenneth W.; Martin, Mary A.; Vitacco, Michael J.

In: Assessment, Vol. 10, No. 2, 01.01.2003, p. 160-177.

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Rogers, Richard ; Sewell, Kenneth W. ; Martin, Mary A. ; Vitacco, Michael J. / Detection of feigned mental disorders a meta-analysis of the MMPI-2 and malingering. In: Assessment. 2003 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 160-177.
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