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Detecting Malingering in Correctional Settings: A Comparison of Several Psychological Tests

11 December 2009


In this study, the Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST), Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS), and Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) were examined for detecting malingering in corrections. The main goals of the study were to investigate the utility of the M-FAST as a malingering screening device in a sample of 100 male and female inmates and add to the relatively small literature base on this measure. Results provided mixed support for the M-FAST as a screening measure and some evidence that the M-FAST was a better predictor of possible feigning than the PAI. The results suggest the M-FAST should continue to be investigated as a screening measure for malingering to clarify its utility in a correctional population.


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