The Detection of Malingering in ADHD Evaluations (PO531)

Thursday, February 15, 2018
1:30 PM–3:00 PM

  • PMD: 1
  • Grade Level(s): D
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. will gain knowledge on clinical ADHD within the college population.
  2. will increase awareness about malingering and the importance of validity testing in ADHD evaluations.
  3. will learn the importance of combining multiple tests to increase detection accuracy of malingering.
  4. will discuss the potential benefit of a symptom validity index embedded in a comprehensive ADHD rating scale to help practitioners correctly and confidently identify both ADHD and malingering in adult diagnostic evaluations.


Research indicates that a proportion of ADHD diagnoses may be false positives, but unfortunately, all available validity tests have insufficient research to support their use to detect cases of malingered ADHD. This study examined the ability of several validity tests to detect malingering from ADHD. Preliminary results found that a combination of the Multidimensional ADHD Rating Scale (MARS) indices, including the symptom validity index, yielded higher detection accuracy of malingering compared with other available validity tests.

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