Detecting Coached Feigning Using the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) and the Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS)

M. Jelicic*, E. Ceunen, M.J.V. Peters, H. Merckelbach

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Undergraduate students were administered the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) and the Structured Inventory of the Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS) and asked to respond honestly, or instructed to feign cognitive dysfunction due to head injury. Before both instruments were administered, symptom-coached feigners were provided with some information about brain injury, while feigners who received a mix of symptom-coaching and test-coaching were given the same information plus advice on how to defeat symptom validity tests. Results show that, although the accuracy of both instruments appears to be somewhat reduced by a mix of symptom coaching and test coaching, the TOMM and SIMS are relatively resistant to different kinds of coaching. (C) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67: 850-855, 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)850-855
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • feigning
  • brain injury
  • coaching
  • TOMM
  • SIMS

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