Social Desirability Scale

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Social Desirability Scale

A 33-item self-report questionnaire developed by Crowne & Marlowe (1960) measuring a person's likelihood to say what they think as opposed to what others wish to hear.
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Crowne, D.P. & Marlowe, D.A. (1960). A new scale of social desirability independent of pathology, Journal of Consulting Psychology, 24, 351.

Murray, P., & Mcclintock, K. (2005). Children of the Closet. Journal of Homosexuality, 49(1), 77-95.

Ferrando, P., & Anguiano-Carrasco, C. (2010). Acquiescence and social desirability as item response determinants: An IRT-based study with the Marlowe-Crowne and the EPQ Lie scales. Personality And Individual Differences, 48(5), 596-600.

Ventimiglia, M., & Macdonald, D. (2012). An examination of the factorial dimensionality of the Marlowe Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 52(4), 487-491.

Lambert, Arbuckle, & Holden. (2016). The Marlowe–Crowne Social Desirability Scale outperforms the BIDR Impression Management Scale for identifying fakers. Journal of Research in Personality, 61(C), 80-86.