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Detecting Malingering and Deception

Forensic Distortion Analysis, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Harold V. Hall, Harold V. Hall, Joseph Poirier, Joseph Poirier

CRC Press

466 pages

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Although advances in clinical/forensic theory and technology continue to elucidate our understanding of deception analysis, the current state of the art is crude in most applications. With new interviewing techniques, psychological tests and instruments, Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis, Second Edition takes the reader far beyond the basic differentiation between malingering versus defensiveness as the two modes of distortion.

What's new in this edition? Virtually every chapter has been updated with new studies and investigations from the past decade. The latest information is provided in such areas as post-traumatic stress disorder, amnesia, competency, criminal responsibility, and risk assessment. Several new chapters address not only the development of deceptive behavior in children, adolescents, and the elderly, but even in nonhumans.

This authoritative contribution offers the reader specific steps to conduct a meaningful and contemporary deception analysis. Moreover, acknowledging the numerous methods and professions involved, it suggests a framework for integrating data from multiple sources. Nominated for the Guttmacher Award by the American Psychiatric Association, Detecting Malingering and Deception: Forensic Distortion Analysis is the single most comprehensive and thorough rendering of distortion analysis to date.


"The text is quite readable and free of jargon… Hall and Poirier unfold their approach without rancor toward other clinicians or toward clients, and they do much to rectify the stuffy, overlitigious image of forensic psychology in their humane and sensible stance. They do a marked service by reassuring therapists relationship; in the process of seeking the truth, forensic specialists do not have to abandon decency. I recommend this carefully written and thorough text to all therapists who may themselves be drawn, or see clients who may be drawn, into the forensic arena."

-T. Richard Saunders, Ph.D. in Psychotherapy

"It can be indeed a daunting task to compile a text appropriately bridging [psychology/psychiatry and the judicial system], two seemingly disparate worlds; yet Hall and Poirier accomplished just that with their updated volume. The quality and scope of this work sustained their conviction that not only was this doable, but it was possible to do it exceedingly well. They have produced a reference work, copiously detailed with an abundance of practical 'how to' information that both the novice and the seasoned practitioner concerned with detecting malingering will find invaluable."

-George G. Katz, J.D., Ph.D., in the Academy of Clinical Psychology Bulletin

Table of Contents

Background, Theory, and Method in Deception Analysis

Foundational Issues in Deception

Involuntary Distortion

The Applied Forensic Distortion Analysis Model.

Evaluation Process Guidelines

Deception and Nonverbal Behavior

The Developmental Context of Deception

Deception in Nonhumans

Deception in Children

Deception in Adolescents

Deception in the Elderly

Deception Analysis in Civil Contexts

Civil Law and Deception

Malingered Neuropsychological Deficits

Faked Pain and Loss of Sensation

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Deception

Deception Analysis in Criminal Contexts

Interviewing and Deception

Criminal Profiling

Forensic Hypnosis

Competency and Deception

Criminal Responsibility and Deception

Faked Amnesia and Recall Skills

Psychosis and Deception

Hallucinations and Deception

Substance Abuse and Deception

Dangerousness Evaluation and Deception

Conclusions and Expert Testimony


Pain Survey Check List

Self-Control and Instant Offense Behaviors

Insanity Report Form

Self-Control Analysis: A Case Illustration

Interactional Report: A Case Illustration

Cut-off Scores for Chance-level Responding to Tests of

Varying Lengths


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Series

Pacific Institute Series on Forensic Psychology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General