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Assessing Effort and Malingering with the Hispanic Client

  • Lorraine T. Benuto
  • Brian D. Leany
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Abstract

Accurate and early identification of malingering is of utmost importance. The use of Symptom Validity Tests (SVTs) with culturally diverse populations for whom validation data do not exist must be carefully considered. In this chapter, we explore the most commonly used and/or researched measures that strive to assess for malingering and we discuss research with on these measures with Hispanics. Specifically, we review the Test of Memory Malingering, the Word Memory Test and the Medical Symptom Validity Test, the MMPI-II and the MMPI-A, Reliable Digit Span, the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, the Sentence Completion Task-75 (SCT-75), the Miller-Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST), Rey 15 Items, and the Dot Counting Test. Finally, we provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment of malingering with the Hispanic client.

Keywords

Antisocial Personality Disorder Psychological Injury Sentence Completion Hispanic Adolescent Symptom Validity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Victims of Crime Treatment CenterUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Adult DivisionCalifornia Correctional Health Care ServicesSusanvilleUSA

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