Fraudlently Claiming Mental Disorder Following A Road Traffic Accident: A Brief Study of UK Residents' Attitudes

Ashley Cartwright, Jason Roach

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    Abstract

    The United Kingdom Government recently expressed concern about the financial repercussions that feigned whiplash claims following road traffic accidents are having on the insurance industry and the United Kingdom economy. Indeed, this is a problem that is a likely result of a significant percentage of otherwise law-abiding citizens, who interpret this behaviour to be victimless. Nevertheless, feigning illness for some external incentive is not new, and psychiatry has long battled with the problem of ‘malingering’. Previous research has indicated that a substantial prevalence of malingering exists across a variety of contexts; however, establishing the ground truth of those who malinger for financial compensation is problematic. In this presentation the findings of a study which takes an alternative approach to provide a brief insight into the problem of malingering following road traffic accidents are presented. A total of 197 United Kingdom residents completed a hypothetical questionnaire that examined their likelihood of malingering with respect to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or whiplash following a road traffic accident. The results suggest that a substantial percentage of those in the present sample indicated they would be likely to malinger using either a partial malingering or a false imputation strategy. Malingering following a road traffic accident in the United Kingdom appears to be regarded with little severity, and this presentation discusses the wider implications of the findings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2016
    Event16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology - University of Münster , Münster , Germany
    Duration: 21 Sep 201624 Sep 2016

    Conference

    Conference16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    CityMünster
    Period21/09/1624/09/16

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