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Research and practice on a widely used psychological test in forensic psychology - the MMPI-2 - are examined and integrated in this volume. Chapters discuss the psychological and legal bases of forensic psychological assessment in general, and the use of the MMPI-2 in particular, in a variety of specific forensic applications involving criminal and civil proceedings.

Detecting Distortion in Forensic Evaluations with the MMPI-2
Detecting distortion in forensic evaluations with the MMPI-2
David T. R.Berry

Psychological evaluations conducted in forensic settings differ from inpatient psychodiagnostic testing or outpatient personality assessment because the stakes are usually much higher in the forensic arena. Conclusions drawn from forensic psychological evaluations may affect criminal proceedings, potentially resulting in extended prison terms or civil actions involving millions of dollars. The powerful reinforcements and punishments present in legal settings raise the possibility that forensic clients may consciously or unconsciously distort their presentation during an evaluation. The objective evaluation offered by psychological testing, as well as the presence of scales intended to detect response bias, have contributed to the growing use of formal psychopathology inventories in legal settings. The MMPI/MMPI-2 ...

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