Socially Desirable Responding on Self-Reports
Whenever individual differences are measured with self-reports, concerns arise over response biases: They are habitual tendencies to respond to questions based on item properties such as keying direction and the desirability of the response options. Such tendencies may interfere with the ability of self-reports to capture the intended individual differences. Validity scales are available to measure such response biases as acquiescent responding, extreme responding, and random responding. But for various reasons, the greatest concern has been voiced over individual differences in socially desirable responding (SDR), that is, stylistic differences in the tendency to present oneself in a positive light.
Socially Desirable Responding (SDR) may occur as a response style, that is, a general tendency to give desirable answers on all self-reports. This consistent behavior may or may not have...
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