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An experimental investigation of “desirability” response set in a personality questionnaire

Authors
Journal
Life Sciences
0024-3205
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0024-3205(63)90168-1

Abstract

Abstract A questionnaire measuring extraversion, neuroticism and tendency to lie was administered to 10 separate groups of Ss under ordinary conditions and later under instruction to “fake good”. The results suggested that intermediate degrees of extraversion and low degrees of neuroticism are generally preferred; that “desirability response set” played some part in the answers, but not an unduly large part; and that this response set could be measured by means of the lie scale. It was also suggested by the data that introverts are more likely to show “desirability response sets” than extraverts.

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