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

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

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Abstract

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
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Risk of false positives when identifying malingered profiles using the trauma symptom inventory. / Rosen, Gerald M.; Sawchuk, Craig; Atkins, David C.; Brown, Milton; Price, J. Randall; Lees-Haley, Paul R.

In: Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 86, No. 3, 01.01.2006, p. 329-333.

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Rosen, Gerald M. ; Sawchuk, Craig ; Atkins, David C. ; Brown, Milton ; Price, J. Randall ; Lees-Haley, Paul R. / Risk of false positives when identifying malingered profiles using the trauma symptom inventory. In: Journal of Personality Assessment. 2006 ; Vol. 86, No. 3. pp. 329-333.
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