The Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale: norms for the Spanish general population and development of a short version

  • Sara Gutiérrez Complutense University of Madrid
  • Jesús Sanz Complutense University of Madrid
  • Regina Espinosa Complutense University of Madrid
  • Clara Gesteira Complutense University of Madrid
  • María Paz García-Vera Complutense University of Madrid
Keywords: social desirability, personality measures, test norms, short test forms

Abstract

The Spanish adaptations of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (M-C SDS) were normed on samples of university students or of adults assessed in personnel selection/promotion settings. Given the influence of age and assessment setting on the M-C SDS, these norms are inadequate for adult volunteers. This is the first study that provides normative and reliability data and a short form of Ávila Espada and Tomé Rodríguez’s Spanish adaptation of the M-C SDS with Spanish adult volunteers (N = 575). Internal consistency estimates for the M-C SDS were adequate (alphas = .72-.80). The standardized differences in M-C SDS scores between the adult volunteer sample and university student or personnel selection/promotion samples reached values of medium size (d = 0.46 and 0.70). This result supports the development of specific norms for adult volunteers. In two independent subsamples of adult volunteers, a short form of 18-items showed internal consistency indices for its items that were higher than those for the 33 items of the complete scale. This short form did not involve a significant loss of reliability (alphas = .72 and .80). Global norms and norms for age groups are provided for the short and complete forms of the M-C SDS.

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Author Biographies

Sara Gutiérrez, Complutense University of Madrid
Investigadora. Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico I (Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica)
Jesús Sanz, Complutense University of Madrid

Profesor Titular de Universidad. Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico I (Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica)

Regina Espinosa, Complutense University of Madrid
Investigadora. Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico I (Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica)
Clara Gesteira, Complutense University of Madrid
Investigadora. Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico I (Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica)
María Paz García-Vera, Complutense University of Madrid
Profesor Titular de Universidad. Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico I (Personalidad, Evaluación y Psicología Clínica)

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Published
25-12-2015
How to Cite
Gutiérrez, S., Sanz, J., Espinosa, R., Gesteira, C., & García-Vera, M. P. (2015). The Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale: norms for the Spanish general population and development of a short version. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 32(1), 206-217. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.32.1.185471
Section
Social Psychology