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Sex differences in social desirability responding: Are women saints and men superheros?


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Vujčić, Maja. (2009). Sex differences in social desirability responding: Are women saints and men superheros?. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Galić, Zvonimir].

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Socially desirable responding is usually defined as the tendency to give overly positive selfdescriptions. In this study, occasional samle of students was questioned (N=384). Participants were describing themselves first honestly on questionnaire and then they were answering again. Half of participants got instruction for self-presentation fakegood – egoistic and the other half fakegood – moralistic. In this study we used A Comprehensive Inventory of Desirable Responding (CIDR) that is divided into four dimensions. The aim of this study was to test are there sex differences in honest answering and in the situations with instructions for fakegood self-presentation. When participats are answering honestly, women have higher results on Communal Enhancement and men have higher results on Agentic Enhancement and there are no sex differences on Agentic Management and Communal Management. In situation with egoistic bias results increased on all scales. In situation with moralistic bias results increased on all scales and show significant effect of interaction on Communal Enhancement and Communal Management. Conclusion is that women and men answer tipical with their sex roles when they are answering honestly, but in the situation with instruction for fakegood self-presentation they answer androgynous. Results show that there is egoistic and moralistic bias, but CIDR can't differ conscious and unconscious bias.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
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Uncontrolled Keywords: social desirability, egoistic bias, moralistic bias, sex differences
Subjects: Psychology > Evolucijska psihologija
Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Galić, Zvonimir
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2013 10:35
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 13:20

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