Neurosis and conscious symptom exaggeration: Its differentiation by the illness behaviour questionnaire

John R. Clayer, Clare Bookless, Michael W. Ross

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Abstract

In an attempt to develop an instrument to differentiate conscious exaggerators of symptoms from normals and neurotics, the Illness Behaviour Questionnaire (IBQ) was administered to 164 members of a public utility, half of whom were instructed to fill it out as conscious exaggerators, and 82 individuals who presented at a hospital pain clinic with pain considered to be neurotically determined. Four IBQ subscales differentiated the three groups, and a new 21-item scale (CE-scale) was developed which achieved wide separation between the conscious exaggerators, neurotics and normals. It is suggested that the CE-scale may have considerable utility in assessing conscious exaggerators and compensation neurotics, and that further studies should assess its predictive value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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