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Malingering on the RAVLT part I: Deterrence strategies

Sullivan, Karen A., Keane, Beth F., & Deffenti, Cassandra (2001) Malingering on the RAVLT part I: Deterrence strategies. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 16(7), pp. 627-641.

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Abstract

The effect of warnings regarding detection of malingering on the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) was examined in this study. Sixty undergraduate students were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: malingerers, malingerers-with-warnings, warning-only and control. An incentive that appeared differential, but was an actual constant reward, was offered to participants who could fake in a believable manner (for those in malingering conditions), or to those who performed to the best of their ability (non-malingering conditions). It was predicted that warning participants about the possibility that faking could be detected would modify the behaviour of malingerers, but not those instructed to perform to the best of their ability. Warning had no effect on behaviour in either condition, which was consistent with expectations for the warning-only group, but not for the malingering group. Results are discussed in terms of the ethical and legal issues associated with malingering in neuropsychological practice.

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ID Code: 5542
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Malingering, neuropsychology, warning, RAVLT, Sullivan
DOI: 10.1016/S0887-6177(00)00074-3
ISSN: 0887-6177
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:35

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