Factors differentiating successful versus unsuccessful malingerers

John F. Edens, Laura S. Guy, Randy K. Otto, Jacqueline K. Buffington, Tara L. Tomicic, Norman G. Poythress

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-338
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2001


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