Assessment of malingering in forensic populations: The Rorschach
Assessment of malingering in forensic situations is crucially important to fair and just outcomes to trials, and to appropriate assignments of penalties versus interventions. To further develop clinicians' understanding of malingering and its assessment, this dissertation endeavors a somewhat comprehensive scope—examining issues of deception, its diagnosis, frequency and history; along with forensic interrelationships between the importance and role of the courts and malingering assessments. The literature is then reviewed concerning some assessment techniques/instruments used in malingering assessment. Focus is primarily on use of the Rorschach: its susceptibility to being faked, its ability to differentiate honest versus simulating/malingering respondents, criticisms of the test and its use, and admissibility issues in court.