The Comparative Capacity of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2 (MMPI–2) and MMPI–2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) Validity Scales to Detect Suspected Malingering in a Disability Claimant Sample

Michael Chmielewski, Jiani Zhu, Danielle Burchett, Alison S. Bury, Michael R. Bagby

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The current study expands on past research examining the comparative capacity of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2 (MMPI-2; Butcher et al., 2001) and MMPI–2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF; Ben-Porath & Tellegen, 2008/2011) overreporting validity scales to detect suspected malingering, as assessed by the Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST; Miller, 2001), in a sample of public insurance disability claimants (N = 742) who were considered to have potential incentives to malinger. Results provide support for the capacity of both the MMPI-2 and the MMPI-2-RF overreporting validity scales to predict suspected malingering of psychopathology. The MMPI-2-RF overreporting validity scales proved to be modestly better predictors of suspected psychopathology malingering—compared with the MMPI-2 overreporting scales—in dimensional predictive models and categorical classification accuracy analyses.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalPsychological Assessment
StatePublished - Feb 2017


  • MMPI-2
  • MMPI-2-RF
  • malingering
  • overreporting
  • validity scales


  • Psychology

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