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Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception

Fourth Edition

Edited by Richard Rogers and Scott D. Bender

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Widely used by practitioners, researchers, and students—and now thoroughly revised with 70% new material—this is the most authoritative, comprehensive book on malingering and other response styles. Leading experts translate state-of-the-art research into clear, usable strategies for detecting intentional distortions in a wide range of psychological and psychiatric evaluation contexts, including forensic settings. The book examines dissimulation across multiple domains: mental disorders, cognitive impairments, and medical complaints. It describes and critically evaluates evidence-based applications of multiscale inventories, other psychological measures, and specialized methods. Applications are discussed for specific populations, such as sex offenders, children and adolescents, and law enforcement personnel.

New to This Edition

“This is an excellent book written by experts in the field. It covers deception in various populations, along with both psychological and medical illnesses. The fourth edition is justified because of the new chapters on neuropsychology and cultural assessments, along with revisions in the remaining chapters. *****!”

Doody's Review Service

“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 (on the third edition)

“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 (on the third edition)

“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....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 (on the third edition)

“With the addition of the neuropsychological perspective, this fourth edition includes everything a legal or clinical practitioner needs to know about the state of the art in deception detection. The assembled authors are impressive, and Rogers and Bender are acknowledged leaders in the field. Do not go into court in a case involving behavioral science issues without consulting this book.”

—Christopher Slobogin, JD, LLM, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School

“The premier work on malingering and deception just got better! The fourth edition of this classic book provides up-to-date, insightful coverage of one of the most important topics in forensic mental health assessment. Rogers and Bender have assembled a world-class cast of contributors with broad research and clinical expertise. The fourth edition includes new chapters on cutting-edge topics, including neuropsychological models of feigned cognitive deficits, psychopathy, child custody, personnel selection, and more. This book is both scholarly and practical, which makes it attractive to students and experienced professionals alike. This is much more than a 'bookshelf' book—it is essential, indispensable reading for those who are or will be involved in conducting forensic mental health assessments.”

—David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology and Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University

“Clinicians and forensic practitioners will welcome the fourth edition of this book, particularly in the face of growing concern about the liability that may attend unwarranted use of the ‘malingering’ label. The stellar cast of contributors explores the terrain sensitively and with scholarly incisiveness, assuring the book's appeal to forensic psychology and psychiatry trainees.”

—Ezra E. H. Griffith, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and African American Studies, Yale School of Medicine

Table of Contents

I. Conceptual Framework

1. An Introduction to Response Styles, Richard Rogers

2. Detection Strategies for Malingering and Defensiveness, Richard Rogers

3. Neuropsychological Models of Feigned Cognitive Deficits, Scott D. Bender & Richard Frederick

4. Beyond Borders: Cultural and Transnational Perspectives of Feigning and Other Response Styles, Amor A. Correa

II. Diagnostic Issues

5. Syndromes Associated with Deception, Michael J. Vitacco

6. Malingered Psychosis, Phillip J. Resnick & James L. Knoll IV

7. Malingered Traumatic Brain Injury, Scott D. Bender

8. Denial and Misreporting of Substance Abuse, Lynda A. R. Stein, Richard Rogers, & Sarah Henry

9. Psychopathy and Deception, Nathan D. Gillard

10. The Malingering of Posttraumatic Disorders, Phillip J. Resnick, Sara G. West, & Chelsea N. Wooley

11. Factitious Disorders in Medical and Psychiatric Practices, Gregory P. Yates, Mazheruddin M. Mulla, James C. Hamilton, & Marc D. Feldman

12. Conversion Disorder and Illness Deception, Richard Kanaan

13. Feigned Medical Presentations, Robert P. Granacher, Jr., & David T. R. Berry

III. Psychometric Methods

14. Assessment of Malingering and Defensiveness on the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF, Dustin B. Wygant, Brittany D. Walls, Stacey L. Brothers, & David T. R. Berry

15. Response Style on the Personality Assessment Inventory and Other Multiscale Inventories, Marcus T. Boccaccini & Jessica R. Hart

16. Dissimulation on Projective Measures: An Updated Appraisal of a Very Old Question, Kenneth W. Sewell & Ashley C. Helle

17. Feigned Amnesia and Memory, Richard Frederick

18. Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment Using Standard Neuropsychological Tests, Natasha E. Garcia, Chelsea M. Bosch, Brittany D. Walls, & David T. R. Berry

IV. Specialized Methods

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

20. Recovered Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Richard J. McNally

21. Detection of Deception in Sex Offenders, Philip H. Witt & Daniel J. Neller

22. Structured Interviews and Dissimulation, Richard Rogers

23. Brief Measures for the Detection of Feigning and Impression Management, Glenn Smith

V. Specialized Applications

24. Deception in Children and Adolescents, Randall T. Salekin, Franz A. Kubak, Zina Lee, Natalie Harrison, & Abby P. Clark

25. Use of Psychological Tests in Child Custody Evaluations: Effects of Validity Scale Scores on Evaluator Confidence in Interpreting Clinical Scales, Jonathan W. Gould, Sol Rappaport, & James R. Flens

26. Malingering: Considerations in Reporting and Testifying about Assessment Results, Eric Y. Drogin & Carol S. Williams

27. Evaluating Deceptive Impression Management in the Workplace, Julia Levashina

28. Assessment of Law Enforcement Personnel: The Role of Response Styles, Rebecca L. Jackson & Kimberly S. Harrison

VI. Summary

29. Current Status of the Clinical Assessment of Response Styles, Richard Rogers

30. Researching Response Styles, Richard Rogers

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Richard Rogers, PhD, ABPP, is Regents Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas. He is a recipient of the Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychologists, and the Amicus Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law. In addition, Dr. Rogers is only the fourth psychologist to receive Distinguished Professional Contributions awards for both Applied Research and Public Policy from the American Psychological Association. He is the principal author of the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS) and its second edition (SIRS-2), often considered the premier measure for feigned mental disorders.

Scott D. Bender, PhD, ABPP-CN, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science at the University of Virginia (UVA). His primary appointment is with the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at UVA, where his duties include teaching, research, and conducting forensic neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Bender has published extensively, and his research focuses on differential diagnosis of malingering and the effects of traumatic brain injury on neurocognitive and emotional functioning. He frequently testifies on these and related matters in both criminal and civil cases.


Scott D. Bender, PhD, ABPP-CN, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, and Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

David T. R. Berry, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Marcus T. Boccaccini, PhD, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Chelsea M. Bosch, MS, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Stacey L. Brothers, BA, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Abby P. Clark, MA, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Amor A. Correa, PhD, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fort Worth, Texas

Eric Y. Drogin, JD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Marc D. Feldman, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

James R. Flens, PsyD, private practice, Valrico, Florida

Richard Frederick, PhD, private practice, Springfield, Missouri

Natasha E. Garcia-Willingham, MS, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Nathan D. Gillard, PhD, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jonathan W. Gould, PhD, private practice, Charlotte, North Carolina

Robert P. Granacher, Jr., MD, MBA, Lexington Forensic Neuropsychiatry, Lexington, Kentucky

James C. Hamilton, PhD, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Kimberly S. Harrison, PhD, Harrison Psychological Services, Austin, Texas

Natalie Harrison, MA, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Jessica R. Hart, MA, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Ashley C. Helle, MS, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Sarah Henry, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

William G. Iacono, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rebecca L. Jackson, PhD, Florida Civil Commitment Center, Arcadia, Florida

Richard A. A. Kanaan, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Australia

James L. Knoll, IV, MD, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

Franz A. Kubak, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon State Hospital, Portland, Oregon

Zina Lee, PhD, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Julia Levashina, PhD, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Richard J. McNally, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mazheruddin M. Mulla, MA, MPH, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Daniel J. Neller, PsyD, private practice, Southern Pines, North Carolina

Christopher J. Patrick, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Sol R. Rappaport, PhD, private practice, Libertyville, Illinois

Phillip J. Resnick, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Richard Rogers, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Randall T. Salekin, PhD, Department of Psychology and Disruptive Behavior Clinic, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Kenneth W. Sewell, PhD, Division of Research, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Glenn Smith, PhD, Mental Health/Behavioral Sciences Service, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, Florida

Lynda A. R. Stein, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island; Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island; Department of Children, Youth and Families, Rhode Island Training School, Cranston, Rhode Island

Michael J. Vitacco, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia

Brittany D. Walls, MS, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Sara G. West, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Carol S. Williams, LLB, Department of Psychology, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom

Philip H. Witt, PhD, Associates in Psychological Services, Somerville, New Jersey

Chelsea N. Wooley, PhD, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Seagoville, Texas

Dustin B. Wygant, PhD, Department of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky

Gregory P. Yates, MA, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, United Kingdom


Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists and the attorneys who consult with them; mental health professionals involved in assessment, including psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and counselors.

Course Use

Serves as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses such as Forensic Testing, Forensic Interviewing, Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, and Psychological Testing.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Third Edition, © 2008
ISBN: 9781462507351

Second Edition, © 1997
ISBN: 9781572301733

First Edition, © 1988
ISBN: 9780898627213
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