Malingering: Overview and Basic Concepts

  • Keith Nicholson
  • Michael F. Martelli


This section critically reviews issues associated with malingering, focusing on these in the context of traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other psychoemotional problems such as depression that are often the subject of medicolegal proceedings. There will be very little discussion of malingering and related issues in the context of criminal or other forensic settings, although some such material will be presented given that many pertinent findings or contributions have been made in these other fields. The primary focus of this section will be on the differential diagnosis of malingering. There is an emphasis on TBI and chronic pain, reflecting the interests of the authors but, also, as there has been more research conducted in these areas than in PTSD, depression, or other psychoemotional problems. There is notably considerable overlap in the chapters of this section, which reflects both the commonality of issues, for example, the comorbidity between the disorders of interest or the use of multiscale self-report inventories to assess malingering, exaggeration, or other accentuation of symptomatology in all of the clinical conditions that are a focus of the chapter.


Traumatic Brain Injury Chronic Pain Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Mild Head Injury Secondary Gain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith Nicholson
    • 1
  • Michael F. Martelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Comprehensive Pain ProgramToronto Western HospitalToronto
  2. 2.Concussion Care Centre of VirginiaGlen Allen

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