Performance on the test of memory malingering (TOMM) among a large clinic-referred pediatric sample

John W Kirk, Bryn Harris, Christa F Hutaff-Lee, Stephen W Koelemay, Juliet P Dinkins, Michael W Kirkwood
Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence 2011, 17 (3): 242-54
Growing concerns with suboptimal effort in pediatric populations have led clinicians to investigate the utility of symptom validity tests (SVT) among children and adolescents. Performance on the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) was analyzed among a clinical sample of individuals ranging in age from 5 through 16 years. The 101 patients were referred for a variety of learning, developmental, psychiatric, and neurological concerns. All children were administered the TOMM as part of a clinical neuropsychological evaluation. Within the sample, 4 patients did not meet the adult cutoff criteria for passing the TOMM. Three of the 4 patients also demonstrated suboptimal effort on another SVT. Results revealed statistically significant correlations between TOMM performance and age, intelligence, and memory. Despite these correlations, 97 out of the 101 performed at or above the adult cutoff score. The findings suggest that children perform similarly to adults on the TOMM and that the TOMM is appropriate for use with pediatric clinical populations as young as 5 years.

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