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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.

Personality Patterns of Personal Injury Litigants: The Role of Computer-Based MMPI-2 Evaluations
Personality patterns of personal injury litigants: The role of computer-based MMPI-2 evaluations
James N.Butcher

Medical and legal professionals have long been aware that psychological factors influence the experience, extent, and course of pain. The importance of personality factors in the genesis or continuation of chronic pain and other somatic symptoms, especially when litigation is involved, has been observed for many years. Over a century ago Erichsen (1882) observed,

There is, in fact, that unconscious exaggeration of symptoms, and especially of pain, which is common to all hysterical people, that simulation or nervous mimicry of real disease which has been so well described by Brodie and by Paget. This state of things will last indefinitely without any ...

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