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Gary Burns (Committee Member), Corey Miller (Committee Chair), Debra Steele-Johnson (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study was to examine the magnitude of sex and racial differences in faking behavior, specifically socially desirable responding, in a large (N = 295,517), applied sample. Results indicated that females are engaging in more intentional socially desirable responding, whereas males are engaging in more inadvertent socially desirable responding. However, these differences are not likely to influence selection. Caucasians are displaying more intentional socially desirable responding than African Americans (d = 0.55), Hispanics (d = 0.57), and Asian Americans (d = 0.29). Asian Americans - iii - engaged in less inadvertent socially desirable responding than Caucasians (d = 0.38), African Americans (d = 0.44), and Hispanics (d = 0.40). In a simulated hiring situation, employing cut-off scores for both conscientiousness scores and socially desirable responding to eliminate fakers, only Asian Americans were less likely to be selected. This effect was larger as the selection ratio increased.

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Department of Psychology

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