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  1. Joshua W. Payne,
  2. Richard Rogers

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0523

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Payne, J. W. and Rogers, R. 2010. Malingering. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of North Texas

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Evaluations of mental disorders rely extensively on the assumption of accurate symptom reporting. However, intentional distortions of symptoms by examinees are common during psychological evaluations. The assumption of genuine disclosures becomes particularly questionable in forensic contexts, given the far-reaching consequences of their legal outcomes. The base rates of malingering are substantial but highly variable in forensic evaluations (Rogers, 2008). In civil forensic contexts, base rates of one third are possible when malingering is broadened to include lesser cases of symptom exaggeration.


  • malingering;
  • feigning;
  • dissimulation;
  • fake-bad;
  • response styles;
  • factitious disorder;
  • SIRS