Detection of malingering: A survey of Australian psychologists' current practices

Jacqueline Yoxall, Mark Bahr, Norman Barling

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Objective: To explore Australian psychologists’beliefs & practices in the detection of malingering& to establish a retrospective estimation of malingering prevalence. Method: One hundred psychologists (in psycho-legal practice) completed a survey adapted from Slick et al. (2003). Statistical analysis included non-parametric tests & discriminant function analysis. Results: Respondents retrospectively estimated a 10% prevalence of malingering in psycho-legal arena, but differed in endorsment of explanatory models. Conclusion:Estimation of malingering prevalence in Australia appears similar to that derived from North American studies. There is indication that exposure to psycho-legal assessments, beliefs about malingering,and use of detection strategies may predict psychologists’ retrospective estimation of malingering prevalence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-303
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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