Risk of false positives when identifying malingered profiles using the trauma symptom inventory

Gerald M. Rosen, Craig N. Sawchuk, David C. Atkins, Milton Brown, J. Randall Price, Paul R. Lees-Haley

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The Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI; Briere, 1995) is a 100-item self-report measure of posttraumatic symptomatology that includes an Atypical Response (ATR) validity scale designed to differentiate honest from malingered profiles. In this study, using an analogue design to experimentally manipulate honest and malingered responses on the TSI, we found that proposed ATR cut scores produce a significant risk of false positives. Furthermore, the functioning of proposed cut scores worsened when we used posttraumatic stress disorder relevant samples and low estimates of malingering base rates. In light of these findings, the TSI should be used with caution when assessing claims of posttraumatic stress in forensic or disability settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-333
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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