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The use of a computer-based report in isolation from other important information such as personal history, biographical data, interview observations, previous records, and so forth, may not be appropriate. , if the issue of testimony involves a technical point concerning the use of the test itself or when the computer-generated report is used to cross-check an interpretation of a psychologist who perhaps also testified on the basis of the MMPI). Another consideration in using computer-based test interpretations as part of a forensic evaluation and testimony centers on the possible lack of acceptance of high technology and fear of computers among some people in today's society.

Frueh et al. (1996) found significantly more symptoms among compensation-seeking than noncompensation-seeking veterans. , 1995). These evaluations are complex, involving a tangle of factors and possible interpretations. Are those who seek compensation, for example, showing more extreme symptoms because they wish to invent ways to get money, or are they seeking compensation because they suffer greater subjective pain and objective disturbance? , 2005). Schneider (1979) found that the F scale of the MMPI identified the individuals who were presenting a great deal of psychopathology in connection with their disability determinations for a pension on grounds of having service-connected psychopathology.

5 and 9, this volume). Lees-Haley (1997b) reported on the frequencies of various MMPI-2 scales from a clinical-forensic practice in California. The data were obtained largely from trauma cases and can prove valuable for giving a perspective on MMPI-2 profiles in personal injury litigation cases. The data were not analyzed separately for differing motivations to present in either a favorable or "symptom checking" manner, as noted earlier. Butcher (1997, 1998a) provided additional information on base rates in a personal injury context with the differing motivational sets taken into consideration.

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