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Assessment of Malingering With Repeat Forensic Evaluations: Patient Variability and Possible Misclassification on the SIRS and Other Feigning Measures

Rogers, R., Vitacco, M. and Kurus, S. (2009), Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law, 38:109–14

Malingering is conceptualized as a specific response style to an adverse set of circumstances. As a situational response style, malingering is not viewed as a stable trait or enduring characteristic of feigning individuals.
This brief analysis addresses a critical concern of repeat forensic evaluations. Does the marked variability in clinical presentation, common among patients with genuine psychotic and other Axis I diagnoses, lead to false-positive findings (misclassifying genuine patients as malingerers) on repeat administration of feigning measures? Such grave errors could lead to unwarranted conclusions about malingering and undermine the foundation of a forensic report.


Clinical and Conceptual Problems in the Attribution of Malingering in Forensic Evaluations

Drob, S., Meehan, K., and Waxman, S. (2009), Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law, 37:98–106

The assessment of malingering in a forensic context is beset by a variety of clinical and conceptual difficulties that are often overlooked by forensic specialists. In the article, the authors review clinical and conceptual errors that contribute to false attributions of malingering in forensic evaluations.