Assessment of Noncredible Reporting and Responding

Dustin B. Wygant, Danielle Burchett, Jordan P. Harp

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Invalid responding is an important consideration in mental health assessment. Given that most assessment data are gathered from self-report methods, accurate diagnostic and clinical impressions can be compromised by various forms of response bias. In this chapter, we review the ways in which evaluations of psychopathology, neurocognitive symptoms, and medical/somatic presentations can be compromised due to noncredible responding and invalidating test-taking approaches. We cover a variety of strategies and measures that have been developed to assess invalid responding. Further, we discuss evaluation contexts in which invalid responding is most likely to occur. We conclude with some remarks regarding cultural considerations as well as how technology can be incorporated into the assessment of response bias.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781108235433
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • dissimulation
  • feigning
  • malingering
  • response bias
  • validity scales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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