TOMM performances and self-reported symptoms of depression and anxiety

Sid E. O'Bryant, Carlos G. Finlay, Judith R. O'Jile

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The Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) is the most frequently used symptom validity test (SVT) by neuropsychologists and appears to be robust in the context of a number of neurological and psychiatric conditions. The current study cross-validated and extended prior research by examining the relation between scores on self-report measures of depression and anxiety, independently and combined, and scores on the TOMM in an outpatient neuropsychology clinic. A total of 262 files were reviewed, 67 of which contained complete data on the TOMM, Beck Depression Inventory-II, and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Results show that scores on self-report inventories of depression and anxiety are not significantly related to scores on the TOMM, cross-validating previous research. Extending prior research, current analyses demonstrate that TOMM scores are not significantly influenced by the combined relation of self-reported symptoms of depression and anxiety. Findings support the utility of the TOMM with patients reporting affective disturbances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Effort
  • Malingering
  • Test of memory malingering


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