## Social desirability in spouse ratings

2019
##### Authors
Steingrimsdottir, E.D.
Thorsdottir, Fanney
Journal article
Published
##### Published in
Psychological Reports ; 122 (2019), 2. - pp. 593-608. - ISSN 0033-2941. - eISSN 1558-691X
##### Abstract
Whether or not socially desirable responding (SDR) is a cause for concern in personality assessment has long been debated. For many researchers, McCrae and Costa (1983) laid the issue to rest when they showed that correcting for SDR in self-reports did not improve the agreement with spouse ratings on the NEO Personality Inventory. However, their findings rest on the assumption that observer ratings in general, and spouse ratings in particular, are an unbiased external criterion. If spouse ratings are also susceptible to SDR, correcting for the bias in self-rated measures cannot be assumed to increase agreement between self-reports and spouse ratings, and thus failure to do so should not be taken as evidence for the ineffectiveness of measuring and correcting for SDR. In the present study, McCrae and Costa’s influential study was replicated with the exception of measuring SDR with the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale, in both self-reports and spouse ratings. Analyses were based on responses from 70 couples who had lived together for at least one year. The results showed that both self-reports and spouse ratings are susceptible to SDR and thus McCrae and Costa’s conclusion is drawn into question.
150 Psychology
##### Keywords
Socially desirable responding, Psychometrics, Measures & Statistics, personality, response bias, spouse ratings, content overlap
##### Cite This
ISO 690VÉSTEINSDÓTTIR, Vaka, E.D. STEINGRIMSDOTTIR, Fanney THORSDOTTIR, Adam N. JOINSON, Ulf-Dietrich REIPS, 2019. Social desirability in spouse ratings. In: Psychological Reports. 122(2), pp. 593-608. ISSN 0033-2941. eISSN 1558-691X. Available under: doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0033294118767815
BibTex
@article{Vesteinsdottir2019Socia-41780,
year={2019},
doi={https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0033294118767815},
title={Social desirability in spouse ratings},
number={2},
volume={122},
issn={0033-2941},
journal={Psychological Reports},
pages={593--608},
author={Vésteinsdóttir, Vaka and Steingrimsdottir, E.D. and Thorsdottir, Fanney and Joinson, Adam  N. and Reips, Ulf-Dietrich}
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