Lying in the medicolegal field : Malingering and psychodiagnostic assessment

Lying in the medicolegal field

  • ignazio Grattagliano Dept. of Educational Sciences, Psychology, Communication Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"
  • Anna Cassano Section Of Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry University of Bari Italy

Abstract

The simulation of mental illness, so-called "Malingering", is a very difficult phenomenon for  professionals to identify when making an assessment, especially in the medicolegal and forensic psychology and psychiatry fields. When malingering, the subject implements  strategies that mimic the symptoms related to a possible psychiatric disease, with the aim of misleading the operator. It is necessary, therefore, to elicit a complete medical history and make a close clinical examination and, especially, to be able to rely on appropriate diagnostic tools.  Another important aspect, in the  legal medicine, and forensic psychology and psychiatry fields, is the opposite strategy, namely that of dissimulating, or masking, a disease.


Several diagnostic tools that the professional clinician can employ to identify dissembling strategies  are considered in this article, namely the MMPI- 2, PAI, M- Fast, the SIRS and, finally, the SIMS.


 


 

Published
2019-04-17
How to Cite
GRATTAGLIANO, ignazio; CASSANO, Anna. Lying in the medicolegal field : Malingering and psychodiagnostic assessment. La Clinica Terapeutica, [S.l.], v. 170, n. 2, p. e134 - e141, apr. 2019. ISSN 1972-6007. Available at: <http://www.clinicaterapeutica.it/ojs/index.php/ClinicaTerapeutica/article/view/216>. Date accessed: 18 june 2019.