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Title: Malingering of cognitive symptoms
Author: Minoudis, P. G.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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Volume 1 is divided into 3 parts as follows: Part 1 (Review Paper) discusses the admissibility of psychometric evidence of cognitive malingering in UK criminal law courts. The paper opens with a historical account of psychologists as expert witnesses, highlighting significant advances relevant to malingering. This sets the context for a discussion about current developments in policy and specifically the creation of a UK standard for the admissibility of scientific evidence. The penultimate section outlines the statistical and methodological issues which challenge the development of empirical cognitive measures of malingering. The paper closes with a discussion of future directions for research and practice in presenting psychological evidence in court. Part 2 (Empirical Paper) reports on a study testing the utility of a battery of measures to identify simulating malingerers from healthy controls and psychiatric inpatients. The battery of measures were chosen for their different approaches to detecting malingerers. An additional qualitative interview was given to the simulating malingerers to investigate the strategies they used to fake the tests. The performance of the test battery was compared to a pre-existing screening tool for malingering. The results were discussed with reference to implications for research and practice. Part 3 (Critical Appraisal) reflects on the process of undertaking the research. It discusses the generalisability of the findings when using a simulating malingering design, the utility of measuring reaction time to detect malingering, difficulties in the recruitment of inpatients, the array of choices in selecting the test battery and the clinical applications of the research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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