Psychometric detection of fabricated symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder

Am J Psychiatry. 1985 Apr;142(4):501-3. doi: 10.1176/ajp.142.4.501.


Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and two groups instructed to fabricate its symptoms completed the MMPI. A discriminant function analysis of selected scale scores and an empirically derived decision rule successfully classified over 90% of the subjects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Factitious Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • MMPI*
  • Male
  • Psychometrics
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis*
  • United States
  • Veterans Disability Claims