Australian psychologists' beliefs and practice in the detection of malingering

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Yoxall, J., Bahr, M. & Barling, N. (2010). Australian psychologists' beliefs and practice in the detection of malingering. In R.E. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and individual differences: Current directions (pp. 315-326). Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press.

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Malingering is a possibility in any assessment context where external incentive exists. However, it is not clear whether advances in malingering research over the last 10 years have translated to psychologists' assessment practices. There is limited Australian research regarding malingering base rates or psychologists' beliefs and practices in malingering detection (Sullivan, Lang, & Dawes, 2005). The current study surveyed Australian psychologists (n=102), currently engaged in psycho-legal practice, in regard to their estimation of malingering base rates; their beliefs about malingering; and their assessment practices. Information gathered raises important matters to be considered in regard to the translation of research to practice in this area of deception detection.

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