Psychological testing and the assessment of malingering

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2012 Dec;35(4):855-76. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2012.08.006. Epub 2012 Oct 5.


This article discusses the prevalence of feigning in both criminal and civil settings and various psychological assessments useful in detecting feigning. The focus of this information is on the various psychological assessments available to assist clinicians in making a determination of whether or not an individual is feigning and concludes with the recommendations that multiple assessments are necessary to improve the sensitivity of detection methods.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Forensic Psychiatry / methods
  • Humans
  • Malingering / complications
  • Malingering / diagnosis*
  • Malingering / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / complications
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychological Tests*