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The Effects of Faking on the Construct Validity of Personality Questionnaires: A Direct Faking Measure Approach

Maša Tonković Grabovac ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Zagreb, Croatia
Željko Jerneić ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Zagreb, Croatia
Zvonimir Galić ; Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Zagreb, Croatia


Puni tekst: engleski PDF 211 Kb

str. 455-472

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Some authors clearly showed that faking reduces the construct validity of personality questionnaires, whilst many others found no such effect. A possible explanation for mixed results could be searched for in a variety of methodological strategies in forming comparison groups supposed to differ in the level of faking: candidates vs. non-candidates; groups of individuals with "high" vs. "low" social desirability score; and groups given instructions to respond honestly vs. instructions to "fake good". All three strategies may be criticized for addressing the faking problem indirectly – assuming that comparison groups really differ in the level of response distortion, which might not be true. Therefore, in a within-subject design study we examined how faking affects the construct validity of personality inventories using a direct measure of faking. The results suggest that faking reduces the construct validity of personality questionnaires gradually – the effect was stronger in the subsample of participants who distorted their responses to a greater extent.

Ključne riječi

faking, personality questionnaire, construct validity, direct measure of faking

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95506

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/95506

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