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Social desirability in personality inventories: The nature of the evaluative factor

Bäckström, Martin LU and Björklund, Fredrik LU (2014) In Journal of Individual Differences 35(3). p.144-157
Abstract
The difference between evaluatively loaded and evaluatively neutralized fivefactor inventory items was used to create new variables, one for each factor in the fivefactor model. Study 1 showed that these variables can be represented in terms of a general evaluative factor which is related to social desirability measures and indicated that the factor may equally well be represented as separate from the Big Five as superordinate to them. Study 2 revealed an evaluative factor in self-ratings and peer ratings of the Big Five, but the evaluative factor in self-reports did not correlate with such a factor in ratings by peers. In Study 3 the evaluative factor contributed above the Big Five in predicting work performance, indicating a substance... (More)
The difference between evaluatively loaded and evaluatively neutralized fivefactor inventory items was used to create new variables, one for each factor in the fivefactor model. Study 1 showed that these variables can be represented in terms of a general evaluative factor which is related to social desirability measures and indicated that the factor may equally well be represented as separate from the Big Five as superordinate to them. Study 2 revealed an evaluative factor in self-ratings and peer ratings of the Big Five, but the evaluative factor in self-reports did not correlate with such a factor in ratings by peers. In Study 3 the evaluative factor contributed above the Big Five in predicting work performance, indicating a substance component. The results are discussed in relation to measurement issues and self-serving biases. (Less)
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social desirability, personality, self-ratings, Big Five
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Journal of Individual Differences
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35
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3
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144 - 157
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Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
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2151-2299
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10.1027/1614-0001/a000138
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English
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  author       = {Bäckström, Martin and Björklund, Fredrik},
  issn         = {2151-2299},
  keyword      = {social desirability,personality,self-ratings,Big Five},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {144--157},
  publisher    = {Hogrefe & Huber Publishers},
  series       = {Journal of Individual Differences},
  title        = {Social desirability in personality inventories: The nature of the evaluative factor},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000138},
  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2014},
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