The Self-Report Symptom Inventory (SRSI) is sensitive to instructed feigning, but not to genuine psychopathology in male forensic inpatients: An initial study
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Method: We administered the SRSI twice: we instructed patients to respond honestly to the SRSI (T1) and then to exaggerate their symptoms in a convincing way (T2).
Results: On T1, the pseudosymptom scale was insensitive to patients’ actual psychopathology. Two patients (5%) had scores exceeding the liberal cut point (specificity = 0.95) and no patient scored above the more stringent cut point (specificity = 1.0). Also, the SRSI cut scores and ratio index discriminated well between honest (T1) and exaggerated (T2) responses (AUCs were 0.98 and 0.95, respectively).
Conclusions: Given the relatively few false positives, our data suggest that the pseudosymptom scale of the SRSI is a useful measure of symptom over-reporting in forensic treatment settings.
- Symptom validity, symptom over-reporting, feigning, forensic patients, Self-report symptom inventory, MALINGERED NEUROCOGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION, STRUCTURED-INVENTORY, AMERICAN ACADEMY, SECONDARY GAIN, RESPONSE BIAS, BASE RATES, POLICY, TESTS, SCALE