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Donald J Viglione, Luciano Giromini, Patricia Landis
This article describes the development of the Inventory of Problems-29 (IOP-29), a new, short, paper-and-pencil, self-administered measure of feigned mental and cognitive disorders. Four clinical comparison simulation studies were conducted. Study 1 (n = 451) selected the items and produced an index of potential feigning. Study 2 (n = 331) scaled this index to produce a probability score, and examined its psychometric properties. Study 3 tested the generalizability of Study 2's findings with 2 additional samples (ns = 128 and 90)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Personality Assessment
Rebecca A Weiss, Barry Rosenfeld
As the populations of Western countries become more diverse, the risk of inaccurately generalizing knowledge from majority ethnic groups to minority groups is increasing. However, few of the measures used in forensic assessment are based on normative samples that represent the considerable diversity present in forensic settings. This study examined 4 commonly used measures of feigning: the Dot Counting Test (DCT; Boone, Lu, & Herzberg, 2002); the Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms (M-FAST; Miller, 2001); the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM; Tombaugh, 1996); and a validity scale (atypical responding; ATR) on the Trauma Symptom Inventory-2 (Briere, 2011)...
August 15, 2016: Psychological Assessment
Anselm B M Fuermaier, Oliver Tucha, Janneke Koerts, Meryem Grabski, Klaus W Lange, Matthias Weisbrod, Steffen Aschenbrenner, Lara Tucha
OBJECTIVES: It has been shown that an increasing number of adults deliberately feign attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which demonstrates the need for new tests designed to detect feigned ADHD. METHODS: An Embedded Figures Test (EFT) was developed for the detection of feigned ADHD in adulthood. EFT performance of 51 adults with ADHD was compared to the performance of 52 matched healthy individuals, as well as to 268 undergraduate students who were randomly allocated in a simulation design to one of four experimental conditions, i...
2016: PloS One
M Hallett
Functional neurologic disorders are largely genuine and represent conversion disorders, where the dysfunction is unconscious, but there are some that are factitious, where the abnormality is feigned and conscious. Malingering, which can have the same manifestations, is similarly feigned, but not considered a genuine disease. There are no good methods for differentiating these three entities at the present time. Physiologic studies of functional weakness and sensory loss reveal normal functioning of primary motor and sensory cortex, but abnormalities of premotor cortex and association cortices...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Gustaw Wojcik
Arachnoid cysts are intracranial pathologies in the space between the pia mater and the dura mater of the brain and cerebellum. Arachnoid cysts are derived from the arachnoidea mater, which while yielding to germination or splitting creates a space filled with liquid with a composition similar to cerebrospinal fluid. The aim of the study is to present possible clinical symptoms and radiological presentation of intracranial arachnoid cysts. The symptoms of intracranial arachnoid cysts are dependent on its size and location...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
David M Barry, Mark L Ettenhofer
OBJECTIVE: In addition to manual (i.e., "button press") metrics, oculomotor metrics demonstrate considerable promise as tools for detecting invalid responding in neurocognitive assessment. This study was conducted to evaluate saccadic and manual metrics from a computerized continuous performance test as embedded indices of performance validity. METHOD: Receiver operating characteristic analyses, logistic regressions, and ANOVAs were performed to evaluate saccadic and manual metrics in classification of healthy adults instructed to feign deficits ("Fake Bad" group; n = 24), healthy adults instructed to perform their best ("Best Effort" group; n = 26), and adults with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) who passed a series of validity indices ("mTBI-Pass" group; n = 19)...
September 13, 2016: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
Andrew Perrella
Empathy - cultivated through lived experiences - finds itself at the foundation of patient-centered care. Through establishing rapport, medical students learn to acquire unique perspectives of their patients during their training years. Given its basis in cognition, it is generally agreed that empathy is a skill amenable to nurturing, and can thus be evaluated. Unfortunately, when empathy, compassion, and perspective-taking are put under the scrutiny of a standardized examination (e.g. OSCEs - objective structured clinical exams), students find themselves feigning a substandard level of empathy in order to appease their evaluators' criteria...
August 30, 2016: Medical Teacher
Isabel Gomila, Victoria López-Corominas, Manuela Pellegrini, Loreto Quesada, Elena Miravet, Simona Pichini, Bernardino Barceló
Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), also known as fabricated or induced illness in a child by a caretaker, is a form of abuse where a caregiver deliberately produces or feigns illness in a person under his or her care, so that the proxy will receive medical care that gratifies the caregiver. The affected children are often hospitalized for long periods and endure repetitive, painful and expensive diagnostic attempts. We present an analytically confirmed case of MSBP by alimemazine. A 3-year-old boy was brought repetitively to a Pediatric Emergency Department by his mother because he presented limb tremors, dysarthria, obnubilation, and ataxia and generalized tonic-clonic seizures coinciding with intermittent fever...
September 2016: Forensic Science International
Pierluigi Marzuillo, Rosaria Marotta, Andrea Apicella, Stefano Guarino, Tiziana Esposito, Nicoletta Della Vecchia, Mario Diplomatico, Cesare Polito, Laura Perrone, Angela La Manna
Factitious disorders are characterized by physical or psychological symptoms that are intentionally produced or feigned in order to assume the sick role. "Munchausen's syndrome" is one of these disorders and often is under-recognized or only suspected after unnecessary investigations. We report the case of a 15-year-old boy who came to our notice because of reduced urine output and recurrent abdominal pain during the previous 3 months. The patient attended several emergency room visits and he had been hospitalized for 1 month in an adult internal medicine department because of "oliguria"...
August 5, 2016: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Laura M Grossi, Debbie Green, Shanah Einzig, Brian Belfi
The present study evaluated the Response Bias scale (RBS), a symptom validity test embedded within the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) that assesses for feigned neurocognitive complaints, in a sample of pretrial incompetent to stand trial (IST) criminal defendants. Additionally, we examined the Improbable Failure (IF) scale, a performance validity test embedded within the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms, Second Edition (SIRS-2), which similarly assesses for feigned cognitive impairment (FCI)...
August 8, 2016: Psychological Assessment
David A Kahn
Two cases of unusual situations are discussed: one involving feigned suicide detected as false only after a comparison of surveillance systems, and one involving monozygotic triplets who all developed psychosis with shared delusions. Although these 2 cases involve presentations most of us will never encounter as clinicians, they nevertheless serve to highlight fundamental questions about the nature of psychopathology. Both cases also have compelling parallels in literature and film.
July 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
M Justin Coffey, Brian K Ahmedani
The authors describe a case of "pseudocide" in which the patient appears to have feigned his own suicide. This case was identified as a result of a routine reconciliation of internally collected suicide data with government-collected mortality data. The authors discuss the evolution of the concept of pseudocide in the clinical literature and consider issues related to deceitful and factitious behaviors and suicide surveillance and measurement.
July 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Thomas Hassa, Esther de Jel, Oliver Tuescher, Roger Schmidt, Mircea Ariel Schoenfeld
The neural correlates of motor inhibition leading to paresis in conversion disorder are not well known. The key question is whether they are different of those of normal subjects feigning the symptoms. Thirteen conversion disorder patients with hemiparesis and twelve healthy controls were investigated using functional magnetic resonance tomography under conditions of passive motor stimulation of the paretic/feigned paretic and the non-paretic hand. Healthy controls were also investigated in a non-feigning condition...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Adam C Parks, Jeffrey Gfeller, Natalie Emmert, Hannah Lammert
The Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptomatology (SIMS) is a standalone symptom validity test (SVT) designed as a screening measure to detect a variety of exaggerated psychological symptoms. A number of studies have explored the accuracy of the SIMS in litigious and clinical populations, yet few have examined the validity of the SIMS in detecting feigned symptoms of postconcussional disorder (PCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The present study examined the sensitivity of the SIMS in detecting undergraduate simulators (N = 78) feigning symptoms of PCD, PTSD, and the comorbid presentation of both PCD and PTSD symptomatologies...
June 10, 2016: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
F Walter, F Petermann, A Kobelt
AIM OF THE STUDY: A screening will be developed and validated which measure the negative response bias by inpatients with depressive symptoms. The questionnaire should be appropriate for the claimants for disability pension due to a mental illness. MATERIALS AND METHOD: The present study uses for the construction (K) and validation (V) an analog study design. Healthy participants (depression: K: N=58; V=100; pain: K: N=50; V: N=90) obtained a scenario to feign major depression or pain disorder in the BEVA...
June 2016: Die Rehabilitation
Dalin T Pulsipher
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June 3, 2016: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
Paul B Ingram, Michael S Ternes
OBJECTIVE: This study synthesized research evaluation of the effectiveness of the over-reporting validity scales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) for detecting intentionally feigned over-endorsements of symptoms using a moderated meta-analysis. METHOD: After identifying experimental and quasi-experimental studies for inclusion (k = 25) in which the validity scales of the MMPI-2-RF were compared between groups of respondents, moderated meta-analyses were conducted for each of its five over-reporting scales...
May 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
Natalie M Colaneri, Sarah A Keim, Andrew Adesman
OBJECTIVE: The recent rise in ADHD has prompted concerns about adolescents with ADHD diverting and/or misusing stimulants. This is the first study to assess physician perceptions of the pervasiveness of these issues. METHOD: Questionnaires were mailed to a national sample of pediatric subspecialists. Responses were analyzed (n = 826; 18% response rate) using descriptive statistics and regression analyses. RESULTS: In the past year, 59% of physicians suspected ≥1 patient(s) with ADHD diverted stimulants...
May 19, 2016: Journal of Attention Disorders
Stuart W G Derbyshire, Ilana Angel, Richard Bushell
The rules of soccer dictate that play, once halted, cannot continue if a player is injured. Players may take advantage of this rule by feigning injury to preserve beneficial match positions. Thirty Euro 2008 matches, 90 Premier League matches and 63 World Cup 2010 matches were reviewed for the timing and severity of injuries. The number of injuries was compared between teams that benefited from stopping the game and those that did not benefit. The number of low-level injuries, not resulting in substitution or subsequent problems, was directly compared for Benefit and Non-Benefit teams for each 15-min period following kick off...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Keiko Inui, Takaaki Hanafusa, Takeshi Namiki, Makiko Ueno, Ken Igawa, Hiroo Yokozeki
A 50-year-old Japanese woman consulted the emergency department of our hospital for bleeding due to an intractable postoperative wound on the lower abdomen; the postoperative wound was owing to a laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed 1 year previously for acute cholecystitis. She presented with a painful ulcer on her right lower abdomen. She also presented with multiple scars, skin grafts on the extremities, and a missing left lower leg, the causes for all of which were unexplained. The results of her blood test were normal, except for the hemoglobin level...
January 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
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