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Master of Science (MS) in Psychology: Clinical
"Psychological professionals recommend following a number of steps to examine a client's claim of malingering, including the use of standardized measures (Binder, 2002). Psychometric testing is available to assist with the evaluation for malingering. The Portland Digit Recognition Test (PORT; Binder & Willis, 1991) has been found to be a valid measure of a client's motivation to perform inadequately on memory evaluations and thus, detects clients attempting to memory malinger. The PORT takes approximately 45 minutes to administer. A shortened computer version of the PORT is the Memory Attention Concentration Evaluation (MACE) which was created to cut down on administration time (Smiley, 2000). Another memory malingering test is the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM; Tombaugh, 1996). This measure is designed specifically to catch those who are attempting to memory malinger. The Minnesota Mulitphasic Personality Inventory-2 is a widely used test with validity scales designed to monitor the motivation and truthfulness of a test taker (Butcher, Dahlstrom, Graham , Tellegen & Kaemmer, 1989). The present study focuses on further validating the MACE, by both correlating and comparing the hit rates of the MACE to the specific validity measures of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 and the TOMM. The results revealed a strong correlation between the MACE and the TOMM, and a moderate negative correlation between the MACE and the MMPI-2 validity scales. A multiple regression with all variables entered, the F-K and K scales were the only strong predictors of the F scale; however, when just the two TOMM Trials and the MACE were entered only the MACE best predicted the F scale. Chi square analysis revealed varying degrees of sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and hit rates. The various results are discussed."
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Griechen, Andrea, "Validation of the Memory Attention Concentration Evaluation" (2013). EWU Masters Thesis Collection. Paper 135.