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(p. 107) Measures of Feigned or Exaggerated Incompetence 

(p. 107) Measures of Feigned or Exaggerated Incompetence
(p. 107) Measures of Feigned or Exaggerated Incompetence

Steve Rubenzer

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date: 14 April 2021

This chapter describes and reviews the published instruments available to assess feigned incompetence to stand trial. The Inventory of Legal Knowledge has already gained considerable acceptance despite having some significant limitations. The ECST-R Atypical Presentation Scales are included as part of the ECST-R competency assessment instrument and are billed as screening tests for feigned incompetence. However, they address only feigned psychopathology, not feigned cognitive impairment or ignorance of the court system, and are billed as suitable only for screening, not diagnostic, purposes. The strengths and weaknesses of the ILK and the ECST-R are discussed in detail, as are emerging instruments and detection strategies.

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