Edward’s Social Desirability Scale

The Edward’s Social Desirability Scale measures respondents’ honesty in their self-reports. The tool seeks to verify if individuals are misrepresenting themselves just to appear in a much better light than their actual selves. This inventory has a long version with 79 items and a short version with 39 items with a “yes or no” format. There are no publicly sample items available due to the nature of the assessment. This was developed by Allen L. Edwards, an American psychologist and statistician, in 1957.

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