A concern when administering questionnaires is whether the participant is providing information that is accurate. The Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding(BIDR) was used to assess commercial pilots’ socially desirable responding resulting in two profiles: Impression management (IM; faking bad) and self-deceptive enhancement (SDE; faking good). These pilots’ profiles were compared to the Aviation Safety Locus of Control(ASLOC) scale, used to measure external (ASLOC-E) or internal (ASLOC-I)orientation, and the Crew Resource Management Training Survey(CRMTS)developed from the Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines for CRM. The results from the SDE indicated that over a fourth of the participants responded in a socially desirable manner. Significant differences were also found between those scoring high on the IM subscale versus those scoring in the normal rangeof the CRMTS subscales.
Black, T. T.,
& Vera, S. M.
(2017). Self-Deception and Impression Management in Commercial Pilots: An Underreported and Potential Confound in Aviation Research. 19th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 455-460.