Psychometric detection of fabricated symptoms of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder: a systematic replication

J Clin Psychol. 1989 Jan;45(1):76-9. doi: 10.1002/1097-4679(198901)45:1<76::aid-jclp2270450111>;2-h.


Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (n = 11) and two other groups of Vietnam veterans (n = 24) instructed to fabricate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder completed the MMPI. A discriminant function analysis that used scale F and the post-traumatic stress disorder subscale correctly classified 91% of the subjects. This systematic replication supports the utility of the MMPI as a component in evaluating the validity of self-reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Combat Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Combat Disorders / psychology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Factitious Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Factitious Disorders / psychology
  • Humans
  • MMPI*
  • Male
  • Malingering / diagnosis*
  • Malingering / psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis*
  • Veterans / psychology*