Malingering and Deception in Adolescents: Assessing Credibility in Clinical and Forensic Settings

Pages: 243
Item #: 4317990
ISBN: 978-1-55798-460-9
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 1998
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Given the increasing incarceration rates and mental health problems among adolescents, there is a growing need for practitioners to be able to assess the accuracy of adolescents' self-reports. Malingering and Deception in Adolescents provides forensic psychologists and clinicians with interviewing techniques and strategies; psychological testing approaches; and insight into professional, legal, and ethical issues relative to the assessment of the reports of these troubled adolescents.

Both a psychologist and an attorney, Dr. McCann maintains that there is a wide variety of reasons for deception among adolescents, requiring a careful review of case history and treatment context. Thoughtful discussion of the significance and classification of malingering and deception, illuminating case examples, and analysis of applications in clinical and forensic settings make this compassionate yet practical examination of adolescent deception a singular resource for clinicians, forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, and attorneys who specialize in representing juveniles.

Table of Contents



  1. The Significance of Malingering and Deception in Adolescents
  2. Understanding and Classifying Malingering and Deception
  3. Interviewing Techniques and Strategies
  4. Psychological Testing Approaches
  5. Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues
  6. Applications in Clinical Settings
  7. Applications in Forensic Settings




About the Author

Reviews & Awards

McCann takes a very delicate diagnostic and therapeutic issue which is, however, not so rare. Should one confront a manipulation or not?…McCann not only points out how to detect a possible deception but also how to address it. His training as a lawyer and a clinical psychologist allows him to outline the modalities of such a confrontation—which is certainly not easy—in adequate ways.

With its very valuable and precise interdisciplinary approach, the book answers the five most relevant questions for practitioners…McCann has written a very convincing and extremely rich book that can become a classic. For postgraduates training in mental health care, it is indispensable and colleagues in medicine and law certainly would be wise to get acquainted with the subject…

McCann offers many clinical examples from the whole range of relatively inoffensive attempts to fool somebody into the most severe cases of deception to illustrate the technique and the effects of confronting the malingering patient. Therefore, I would like to stress the fact that this book is important and should be used by a wider professional public than just clinical psychologists.

Finally, it is in the best interest of patients and clients that practitioners in general medicine, civil and penal law, criminology, child psychology, and psychiatry know more about the human capacity for mimicry and are capable in dealing with it.
Contemporary Psychology®, 1999, Vol. 44, No. 4, p. 273