Dimensions of Deceptive Responding in Criminal Offenders

Richard I. Lanyon, Stephen E. Dannenbaum, Laura L. Wolf, Alan Brown

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This study assessed whether faking-good and faking-bad involve 2 different concepts or are simple opposites on a single bipolar dimension. For 2 groups of Ss, 125 suspected child abusers and 305 incarcerated offenders, scores on 9 objective inventory scales for the detection of deception (3 faking-good, 3 faking-bad, and 3 bipolar) were factor analyzed. For both groups, rotation showed 2 factors clearly identifiable as faking-good and faking-bad, and confirmatory factor analysis comparing the 2 subject groups' data sets (omitting the bipolar scales) showed no differences between their structures. The 2-factor structure was also demonstrated for 409 undergraduate Ss. Separate analyses for men and women produced similar findings. The results are consistent with role-playing and accuracy-of-knowledge models of deception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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