Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, U.S.A.
Identifying persons feigning limitations in their competence to proceed in the legal process†
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 603–613, September/October 2010
How to Cite
Guenther, C. C. and Otto, R. K. (2010), Identifying persons feigning limitations in their competence to proceed in the legal process. Behav. Sci. Law, 28: 603–613. doi: 10.1002/bsl.956
This research was funded, in part, by a National Science Foundation Grant in support of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute REU Program.
- Issue published online: 18 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2010
- National Science Foundation
Accurate assessment of the response styles criminal defendants adopt when undergoing evaluations of their competence to proceed with the legal process is critical because some feign limitations in their abilities in an attempt to delay or avoid prosecution. This study examined the utility of the Inventory of Legal Knowledge (ILK) to identify persons motivated to feign competence related limitations. That the ILK has good potential as a screening tool is indicated by findings that the measure (1) has adequate test–retest reliability and (2) classified correctly the large majority of participants in two samples (i.e., college students and psychiatric patients) who completed the measure under “honest” or “fake bad” conditions. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.