Socially Desirable Responding

        From the beginning, the over-riding concern of our lab has been the study of socially desirable responding (SDR) in the broad sense. Early work on separating self-deception from impression management (Paulhus, 1984) has culminated in a number of popular instruments including the BIDR (e.g., Paulhus, 1991; 1998). In the latest versions, level of awareness (self-deception, impression management) has been crossed with content (agentic, communal) to yield four measures of self-presentation style (Paulhus, 2002).

        We continue to be interested in issues of faking in its multiple forms (Paulhus & Notareschi, 1993). The central question is how specific the tailoring of self-presentations is (Paulhus, Tracy, & Wehr, 2001).

        Also of continuing interest, is the study of SDR measures as moderators and suppressors of personality predictors (e.g., Paulhus, Robins, Trzesniewski, & Tracy, 2004).


  Department of Psychology
  University of British Columbia
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