Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 633–642 | Cite as

Symptom exaggeration in a PTSD inpatient population: Response set or claim for compensation

  • Randall G. Jordan
  • Thomas V. Nunley
  • Roy R. Cook


This study examines the relationship between service-connection (financial compensation) and exaggeration of PTSD symptoms. Sixty inpatient Vietnam combat veterans in PTSD treatment comprised three groups: those financially compensated for PTSD, those financially compensated for physical or other mental problems, and those not financially compensated. Results indicate that those veterans who are not service-connected do not exaggerate symptoms on the MMPI F-scale more than those who are service-connected. Also, F scores reported for inpatient PTSD were higher than previously established cut-off criteria found chiefly in outpatient populations. Implications for therapists' biases concerning financial compensation and symptom claims are discussed in terms of their clinical relevance.

Key words

post-traumatic stress disorder service-connection assessment of PTSD Vietnam veteran 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Randall G. Jordan
  • Thomas V. Nunley
    • 1
  • Roy R. Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology Service (116B)Tuskegee VAMCTuskegee

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