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ERIC Number: EJ812093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9242
Identifying Students Feigning Dyslexia: Preliminary Findings and Strategies for Detection
Harrison, Allyson G.; Edwards, Melanie J.; Parker, Kevin C. H.
Dyslexia, v14 n3 p228-246 Aug 2008
When conducting psychological evaluations, clinicians typically assume that individuals being evaluated are putting forth maximal effort and are not exaggerating or magnifying symptom complaints. Recent research, however, suggests that students undergoing post-secondary-level assessments to document learning difficulties may not always put forth their best effort, and may even be motivated to exaggerate or magnify symptoms. This paper presents evidence indicating that symptom exaggeration in this context is not only possible, but is indistinguishable from valid symptomatology when it occurs. We argue that symptom validity assessment should be included in all higher-education assessments for dyslexia and other specific learning disorders, and suggest some preliminary strategies for detection. (Contains 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; Woodcock Johnson Psycho Educational Battery