Investigating the influence of social desirability on personality factor structure

Jill E. Ellingson, D. Brent Smith, Paul R. Sackett

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This study provides a comprehensive investigation into whether social desirability alters the factor structure of personality measures. The study brought together 4 large data sets wherein different organizational samples responded to different personality measures. This facilitated conducting 4 separate yet parallel investigations. Within each data set, individuals identified through a social desirability scale as responding in an honest manner were grouped together, and individuals identified as responding in a highly socially desirable manner were grouped together. Using various analyses, the fit of higher order factor structure models was compared across the 2 groups. Results were the same for each data set. Social desirability had little influence on the higher order factor structures that characterized the relationships among the scales of the personality measures. Department of Management and Human Resources,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-133
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001


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