Accession Number:

ADA112646

Title:

The Impact of Social Desirability on Organizational Behavior Research Results: An Empirical Investigation of Alternative Models,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NEBRASKA UNIV LINCOLN DEPT OF MANAGEMENT

Report Date:

1982-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Three conceptual and statistical models are developed for the effects of social desirability SD response bias on organizational behavior research results. It is demonstrated with illustrative empirical examples how SD can act as a an unmeasured variable which produces spurious correlations between study variables, b a suppressor variable which hides relationships, or c a moderator variable which conditions the relationship between 2 other variables. It is recommended that SD effects be assessed, particularly in tests of hypotheses using self-inventories or ones involving the operation of implicit theories. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE