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The Impact of Exposure to Internet-Based Information About the Rorschach and the MMPI-2 on Psychiatric Outpatients' Ability to Simulate Mentally Healthy Test Performance.
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PMID:  24528223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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To examine the impact of Internet-based information about how to simulate being mentally healthy on the Rorschach (Exner, 2003) and the MMPI-2 (Butcher, Dahlstrom, Graham, Tellegen, & Kaemmer, 1989), 87 psychiatric outpatients completed the tests under 4 conditions: uncoached and Internet-coached outpatients under faking healthy instructions (faking patients and Internet-faking patients) and patients and nonpatients under standard instructions (standard patients and standard nonpatients). On the Rorschach, faking patients and Internet-faking patients did not manage to portray healthy test performance and, like standard patients, revealed a significantly greater number of perceptual and cognitive disturbances than standard nonpatients. Faking patients scored in the psychopathological direction on most variables. Internet-faking patients produced constricted protocols with significantly higher F% (57%) and lower use of provoking and aggressive contents than the other groups. On the MMPI-2, faking patients and Internet-faking patients were able to conceal symptoms and, like standard nonpatients, scored in the normal range on the clinical scales. The validity scale L successfully detected the faking patients and the Internet-faking patients, whereas the F scale only distinguished the Internet-faking patients and K only the faking patients. We conclude that Internet-based information could threaten test validity.
Authors:
Ellen Hartmann; Terje Hartmann
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-2-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality assessment     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-7752     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Assess     Publication Date:  2014 Feb 
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Created Date:  2014-2-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1260201     Medline TA:  J Pers Assess     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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