Dare You Say What You Think? The Social-Desirability Scale
Do you say what you think, or do you tend to misrepresent your beliefs to earn the approval of others? Do you answer questions honestly, or do you say what you think other people want to hear? Telling others what we think they want to hear is making the socially desirable response. Falling prey to social desirability maycause us to distort our beliefs and experiences in interviews or on psychological tests. The bias toward responding in socially desirable directions is also a source of error in the case study, survey, and testing methods. You can complete the Social-Desirability Scale devised by Crowne and Marlowe to gain insight into whether you have a tendency to produce socially desirable responses.Directions: Read each item and decide whether it is true (T) or false (F) for you. Try to work rapidly and answer each question by clicking on the T or the F. Then click on Total Score to access the Scoring Key and interpret your answers. 1. T F Before voting I thoroughly investigate the qualifications of all the candidates. 2. T F I never hesitate to go out of my way to help someone in trouble. 3. T F Itis sometimes hard for me to go on with my work if I am not encouraged. 4. T F I have never intensely disliked anyone. 5. T F On occasions I have had doubts about my ability to succeed in life. 6. T F I sometimes feel resentful when I don’t get my way. 7. T F I am always careful about my manner of dress. 8. T F My table manners at home are as good as when I eat out in a restaurant. 9. T F If Icould get into a movie without paying and be sure I was not seen, I would probably do it. 10. T F On a few occasions, I have given up something because I thought too little of my ability. 11. T F I like to gossip at times. 12. T F There have been times when I felt like rebelling against people in authority even though I knew they were right. 13. T F No matter who I’m talking to, I’m always a goodlistener. 14. T F I can remember “playing sick” to get out of something. 15. T F There have been occasions when I have taken advantage of someone. 16. T F I’m always willing to admit it when I make a mistake. 17. T F I always try to practice what I preach. 18. T F I don’t find it particularly difficult to get along with loudmouthed, obnoxious people. 19. T F I sometimes try to get even rather thanforgive and forget. 20. T F When I don’t know something I don’t mind at all admitting it. 21. T F I am always courteous, even to people who are disagreeable. 22. T F At times I have really insisted on having things my own way. 23. T F There have been occasions when I felt like smashing things. 24. T F I would never think of letting someone else be punished for my wrong-doings. 25. T F I never resentbeing asked to return a favor. 26. T F I have never been irked when people expressed ideas very different from my own. 27. T F I never make a long trip without checking the safety of my car. 28. T F There have been times when I was quite jealous of the good fortune of others. 29. T F I have almost never felt the urge to tell someone off. 30. T F I am sometimes irritated by people who ask favors ofme. 31. T F I have never felt that I was punished without cause. 32. T F I sometimes think when people have a misfortune they only got what they deserved. 33. T F I have never deliberately said something that hurt someone’s feelings.
SOURCE: D. P. Crowne and D. A. Marlowe, A new scale of social desirability independent of pathology, Journal of Consulting Psychology 24 (1960): 351. Copyright1960 by the American Psychological Association. Reprinted by permission.
SCORING KEY FOR THE SOCIAL DESIRABILITY SCALE
Below is a summary of the answers you provided that match the answers found in the Scoring Key (not shown). Your total score is also provided. Read the text in the blue box to interpret your score. Click Reset to take the Self-Assessment again. 1. 2....