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Joyce H. L. Lui, Christopher T. Barry & Katrina H. McDougall

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume I: The Science of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 25: Accounting for Socially Desirable Responding in Personality Assessment

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Accounting for Socially Desirable Responding in Personality Assessment
Accounting for Socially Desirable Responding in Personality Assessment
Joyce H. L. Lui Christopher T. Barry Katrina H. McDougall

Socially desirable responding (SDR) refers to systematically responding on self-report measures in ways that would appear favorable to others, such as over-reporting behaviors that are consistent and valued by society and under-reporting behaviors that are considered inappropriate and inconsistent with social norms (Zerbe and Paulhus, 1987). This phenomenon is particularly relevant to personality assessment because of its reliance on self-report measures, as well as a common emphasis in personality assessment on constructs that might be socially undesirable (e.g., antisocial personality, hostility, callousness). Moreover, in ...

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