Is the Truth Visible? Study Along the L Scale
Dvora G. Eitan§, *
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 73
Last Page: 87
Publisher Id: TOPSYJ-4-73
Article History:Received Date: 23/07/2011
Revision Received Date: 26/07/2011
Acceptance Date: 26/07/2011
Electronic publication date: 01/11/2011
Collection year: 2011
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This study addresses the problem of ”faking bad“ (malingering) of abnormal types (non paranoid schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, and psychopathy) when answering the EPQ-R-S personality questionnaire and clinical scales. We tested 180 students under two conditions: ”fake bad“ and ”sincerity“. We demonstrated that although answers to EPQ-R-S may be deliberately and specifically modified, this will be identified in the questionnaire's scales scoring profile and the reaction times. When ”faking“, P scores were elevated and the results of the other dimensions were also ”negatively“ irregular. However their L scores were very low. This low L score should be interpreted as a warning sign of an attempt to present oneself in a negative light.