Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Widely regarded as the standard reference in the field, this book provides essential tools for understanding and assessing malingering and other response styles in forensic and clinical contexts. An integrating theme is the systematic application of detection strategies as conceptually grounded, empirically validated methods that bridge different measures and populations. Special topics include considerations in working with children and youth. From leading practitioners and researchers, the volume reviews the state of the science and offers best-practice guidelines for maximizing the accuracy of psychological and psychiatric evaluations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: There is a rapidly growing appreciation of the pervasiveness of malingering and deception in clinical settings. This does not occur solely in the context of litigation, but in many settings and for many symptoms. This book discusses the clinical presentation and assessment of malingering and deception across these different symptoms and settings.
Purpose: This updated third edition offers a review of the state of the science on deception and malingering and best-practice guidelines for clinicians.
Audience: Psychologists and neuropsychologists are the immediately obvious audience for this book, but clinicians in other fields, such as physicians, would also find it appropriate. Dr. Rogers is considered a leading expert on the topic and has made numerous scholarly contributions to this field, as well as clinical contributions in the form of a specialized instrument for detecting feigned mental illness.
Features: The book begins with an introduction to response styles and how these are classified and verified. Strategies to detect feigned illnesses follow, with a nice summary table that provides examples of measures for each strategy. Some of the measures, however, are outdated (e.g., WMS-R) and cutting-edge measures are absent (e.g., Word Memory Test). The next few chapters cover particular disorders that are frequently malingered, such as psychosis, TBI, substance abuse, and PTSD. After covering particular disorders, the book then addresses the use of different measures in the detection of feigned disorders with an entire chapter devoted to the MMPI-2. Chapters purportedly are fully dedicated to measures for detecting feigned illness, but these are still incomplete and do not provide practical information about the use of the measures (e.g., cut scores). This is especially egregious considering the fact that earlier chapters have significant overlap and the space could have been better used to provide a comprehensive review. Readers will also find some measures are discussed in one paragraph, while the author's own measures have pages dedicated to them, indicating some personal bias. The final section on the assessment of malingering and deception in special populations is very useful, especially in terms of assessing individuals attempting to "fake good." Clinical researchers will find an interesting review of research methodologies in malingering and the review of limitations or gaps in our knowledge should stimulate worthwhile studies.
Assessment: This third edition has a few new chapters that make it a worthwhile update. As a review of the concepts behind the assessment of malingering and deception, this is a fine publication and well worth taking the time to read. As a guide to the actual measures available and how to use them, the book leaves something to be desired both in its comprehensiveness and currency. For readers seeking a guide to the assessment of malingering and deception in neuropsychological evaluations, Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment: A Neuropsychological Perspective, Boone (Guilford, 2007) is a much more comprehensive and immediately useful reference.
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

"Akin to the eminence of the late Hervey Cleckley or Robert Hare as authorities on the topic of psychopathy, it is not unreasonable to accord Professor Richard Rogers analogous status as one of the world's leading scholars on the assessment of malingering....Mental health professionals are indebted to the steadfast endeavors of Professor Rogers and the various contributors he has assembled in this text....It is not sufficient for me to conclude by simply endorsing the merits of this book. Numerous mental health scholars have commented that the field of forensic psychology is arguably the fastest growing specialization within the discipline of psychology. In this field of dynamic growth Professor Rogers's text and the wealth of knowledge he has compiled from an august collection of contributors should be viewed as a mandatory item for all forensic mental health practitioners."--International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Canadian Psychology

"This is an excellent reference book, and it certainly provides enough specific, clinically relevant information in the four chapters that flank the book to give most clinicians a good summary of the issues, available instruments, and research findings."--Canadian Psychology
Journal of Psychiatric Practice

"This excellent and standard reference [occupies] a crucial space on many forensic psychiatrists' and psychologists' bookshelves....Useful in clinical practice, especially in institutions that serve forensic or correctional populations."--Journal of Psychiatric Practice
British Journal of Psychiatry

"A huge strength of the book is the exceptional breadth of relevant subject matter, the appropriate detail and comprehensiveness of each chapter and their consistently good quality....The field of malingering is rapidly expanding and it should probably be viewed as a specialty in its own right. The best first step for all clinicians is to read this comprehensive, authoritative, and informative book. They can then make an informed decision about whether they want to change their practice and how to do it."--British Journal of Psychiatry
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"I highly recommend this volume to all clinicians and researchers who want to improve their skills."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Clinical Gerontologist

"Exceedingly well done, and a lot of book for the price....Rogers' summary chapters on clinical applications and research are an outstanding example of how to pull together the material of many chapters and authors."--Clinical Gerontologist
From the Publisher

"This is the foremost text on malingering. I have used it in the classroom and in practice for over 10 years. Each subsequent edition is updated with the latest research by noted authors in the field."--Richard P. Conti, PhD, Department of Psychology, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey

"Clearly written by a stellar cast of contributors, the volume is packed with diagnostic clues to a broad range of feigned conditions and guidelines for conducting definitive research. I recommend this extraordinarily useful book as a constant companion for anyone involved in practicing or studying the assessment of impression management."--Irving B. Weiner, PhD, ABPP, University of South Florida

"Rogers has done it again. Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception, Third Edition, will serve as the authoritative work on response style for years to come. The assessment of feigning is the cornerstone of any forensic mental health evaluation. This book is a 'must' for all forensic mental health professionals, and doubtless will be frequently consulted for the most up-to-date information on research and practice."--Alan M. Goldstein, PhD, ABPP, ABFP, Professor Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

"Coverage encompasses the fabrication of symptoms by civil litigants, feigned psychosis on the part of criminal defendants, the minimizing of negative personality characteristics by law enforcement applicants, and many other topics. The volume emphasizes a scientific approach to the evaluation of malingering and deception. This is an essential resource for psychologists and other practitioners who work in forensic settings. General clinicians, particularly those involved in interviewing and assessment, also will find it a very useful reference."--Glenn J. Larrabee, PhD, ABPP-CN, independent practice, Sarasota, Florida

"Malingering and deception represent complicated but critical issues for clinical assessors. Edited by the one of the leading scholars in the clinical assessment of deception, this volume provides comprehensive coverage of issues and instruments. It should be consulted regularly for guidance in this very difficult but important area of personality assessment."--Christopher J. Hopwood, PhD, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

International Journal of Social Psychiatry

“In this well-regarded volume, now in its much-deserved third edition, the editor and the contributors provide a framework for clinical assessment of deception and malingering….This is a rich volume that provides information and assessment strategies for patients who may be clinical challenges and enigmas. It is a lucid, well-written and helpful volume.”--International Journal of Social Psychiatry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593856991
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/16/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

 Richard Rogers, PhD, ABPP, is Regents Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas. His contributions to research on malingering and other response styles have been recognized by national awards from the American Academy of Forensic Psychologists, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12 of the American Psychological Association). He is the developer of widely used instruments, including the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS), a leading test for the evaluation of malingering.

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Table of Contents

I. Conceptual Framework

1. An Introduction to Response Styles, Richard Rogers

2. Detection Strategies for Malingering and Defensiveness, Richard Rogers

II. Diagnostic Issues

3. Syndromes Associated with Deception, Michael J. Vitacco

4. Malingered Psychosis, Phillip J. Resnick and James L. Knoll IV

5. Malingered Traumatic Brain Injury, Scott D. Bender

6. Denial and Misreporting of Substance Abuse, Lynda A. R. Stein and Richard Rogers

7. Malingering of Posttraumatic Disorders, Phillip J. Resnick, Sara West, and Joshua W. Payne

8. Factitious Disorder in Medical and Psychiatric Practices, James C. Hamilton, Marc D. Feldman, and Alan J. Cunnien

9. Feigned Medical Presentations, Robert P. Granacher, Jr. and David T. R. Berry

III. Psychometric Methods

10. Malingering and Defensiveness on the MMPI-2, Roger L. Greene

11. Response Styles on Multiscale Inventories, Martin Sellbom and R. Michael Bagby

12. Dissimulation on Projective Measures, Kenneth W. Sewell

13. Feigned Amnesia and Memory Loss, Jerry J. Sweet, Daniel C. Condit, and Nathaniel W. Nelson

14. Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment Using Standard Neuropsychological Tests, David T. R. Berry and Lindsey J. Schipper

IV. Specialized Methods

15. Assessing Deception: Polygraph Techniques and Integrity Testing, William G. Iacono and Christopher J. Patrick

16. Assessment of Recovered and False Memories, Elke Geraerts and Richard J. McNally

17. Detecting Deception in Sex Offender Assessment, Richard I. Lanyon and Michael L. Thomas

18. Structured Interviews and Dissimulation, Richard Rogers

19. Brief Screening Measures for the Detection of Feigned Psychopathology, Glenn P. Smith

V. Specialized Applications

20. Deception in Children and Adolescents, Randall T. Salekin, Franz A. Kubak, and Zina Lee

21. Challenges and Advances in Assessment of Response Styles in Forensic Examination Contexts, Randy K. Otto

22. Response Styles in the Assessment of Law Enforcement, Rebecca L. Jackson and Cody Crawford

VI. Summary

23. Current Status of Clinical Methods, Richard Rogers

24. Researching Response Styles, Richard Rogers

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