Poster Abstracts

Abstract

The temporary disability retirement list (TDRL) is a military program that was established to ensure fair compensation for disabling condition(s) that may change in severity over time and to prevent separation of those who may fully recover. Changes in the severity of a disabling condition(s) are tied to the degree of compensation one receives. The aims of this study were to provide data on the symptom (SVT) and performance (PVT) validity test pass/failure rate for individuals on TDRL status and to investigate the association between performance on PVTs and SVTs. The sample consisted of 101 service members on TDRL status who received a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation with at least two PVTs. The sample was mostly male (96%), aged ≤45 (90%), and had high school education (62%) or higher. The most common reason for evaluation was a history of mild traumatic brain injury (72%). The results indicated that 45% of the sample failed ≥2 PVTs and 44% failed a SVT. There was a significant moderate correlation between PVT and SVT failure (rpb=.35, p=.006). The results of this study were similar to other disability evaluation settings where compensation may influence individuals’ performance on validity measures.

First AuthorPedro N Vieira de Oliveira
Second AuthorRobert A Seegmiller