Abstract

Abstract

There have been numerous methods developed for the detection of valid profiles on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-2. The current study examined a method of combining seven different validity scales of the MMPI-2 into a common weighted method in assessing malingering in chronic pain patients. The weighted method was able to correctly classify 100% of nonlitigants, using a cutoff score of ≥ 5. The findings of this study suggest that chronic pain patients in litigation produce a different profile on the MMPI-2 validity scales than do nonlitigants. In a group of knowledgeable actors (malingerers), 86% was correctly classified. The overall finding showed 100% specificity and 86% sensitivity. The findings support the need for multiple validity scales to be examined in determining a valid profile. The weighted validity scales method was robust enough to account for “emotional distress” and still identify invalid MMPI-2 performance.