Social desirability in personality testing of military officers
2001 (English)In: Military Psychology, ISSN 0899-5605, Vol. 13, no 4, 223-234 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The tendency among Swedish military officers to answer in a socially desirable way when taking some personality tests was investigated. Participants were 216 Army, Navy, and Air Force captains. The test used for measuring social desirability was the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (M-C SDS; Crowne & Marlowe, 1960) and a subset of those test items. Data revealed a strong tendency among the officers to answer in a socially desirable manner compared to earlier data from testing with the M-C SDS and compared to data from a sample of Swedish students of economics. M-C SDS correlated significantly with all 3 of the personality tests used. The comparably strong tendency to answer in a socially desirable way could be due to in part a need for many individuals to "look good" and in part due to difficulties of applying a 5-step Likert scale to the items of the M-C SDS.
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2001. Vol. 13, no 4, 223-234 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3939DOI: 10.1207/S15327876MP1304_3ISI: 000172250300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-3939DiVA: diva2:628111