Date of Award

Spring 2010

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Abstract

In today’s economic decline, there is a growing pressure for the reform of healthcare. Clinicians need to treat only those individuals who have true symptoms and problems. Individuals who exaggerate or feigning cognitive impairments are straining an already over-burdened healthcare system (Haines & Norris, 2001). A collaborative approach in which a clinician gathers information from an interview, behavior observations, collateral information, and assessments is recommended to detect if an individual is attempting to malinger. Assessments are especially important if a clinician should be called to court. Over two-thirds of neuropsychologists use at least one specialized technique for detecting malingering (Slick, Tan, Strauss, & Hultsch, 2004). This research has primarily focused on finding if the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test- Second Edition (KBIT-2) would be able to have a cut-off score that would help determine if an individual is malingering. The KBIT-2 was not designed to measure malingering; however, the purpose of this study is to determine if there is any promise.

Rights

Copyright 2010 Jamie Lee Babutzke

Library Call Number

LD2652 .T5 L5 A27 2010

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