MMPI-2 assessment of malingered emotional distress related to a workplace injury: a mixed group validation.


Journal Article

In this study, we examined the capacity of MMPI-2 (Butcher, Dahlstrom, Graham, Tellegen, & Kaemmer, 2001) validity indexes to identify malingered depression associated with a workplace injury. We compared 27 graduate students simulating depression with archival records of 33 inpatients diagnosed with major depressive disorder. We employed a mixed-group validation design to generate true positive rates (TPR) and false positive rates (FPR) for the various MMPI-2 validity scales [F, FB, F(p), FBS, F - K, Ds2] while we accounted for base rates of malingering in each sample. The Fake Bad scale (FBS) was the only validity measure that produced acceptable TPR and FPR or a significant correlation with malingering status.

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Cited Authors

  • Crawford, EF; Greene, RL; Dupart, TM; Bongar, B; Childs, H

Published Date

  • April 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 86 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 217 - 221

PubMed ID

  • 16599796

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16599796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1207/s15327752jpa8602_11


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England