Why was the MIST developed?
Gothard, Rogers, and Sewell developed an atypical presentation scale in 1995 to assess for potential malingering. It was designed to augment the Georgia Court Competency Assessment tool and screens for malingered psychosis. Atypical questions are asked to see if a defendant will endorse them. Eight questions are posed.
What are the eight questions involved?
1) When the lawyers are talking among themselves, are you worried they might be telling dirty jokes at your expense?
2) When you are in the courtroom, have you ever become convinced that everyone knew your more private thoughts just by looking at you?
3) Are the judge's black robes associated with black magic?
4) Do you often wonder what the court reporter is really thinking?
5) I asked you before about criminal charges. Do you sometimes get confused when they talk about charges against you and start thinking about charges on a credit card or electrical charges?
6) When you talked to the police, did they use mind control to get you to say things against your will?
7) Do you ever worry that most of the people in the courtroom are imposters and that they are just pretending to be who they say they are?
8) Witnesses are asked to swear an oath on the Bible. Do you worry what God might do, if other people were to tell lies on the witness stand?
What does MIST stand for?
Malingering Incompetence to Stand Trial