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Factor-analytic studies have revealed two underlying content dimensions of socially desirable responding: self-deception and impression management (Nichols & Greene, 1997; Paulhus, 1984, 1986). The K validity scale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (Butcher et al., 1989) has been associated with the self-deception factor without adequate empirical confirmation. The present study addressed this deficiency by examining the scale within Paulhus's (1984, 1986) two-component model of socially desirable responding. Participants were 712 undergraduate students (174 men, 538 women) from a medium-sized Canadian university who volunteered for partial course credit. As predicted, a two-factor model was found to underlie various measures of socially desirable responding. The MMPI-2 K scale and the Social Desirability Scale (Edwards, 1963) loaded on the self-deception factor, whereas the Impression Management scale (BIDR; Paulhus, 1991), the Eysenck Personality Inventory Lie scale, and the Self-Deceptive Enhancement scale (BIDR; Paulhus, 1991) loaded on the impression management factor. The results and discussion center on the interpretation of the K scale as a measure of self-deception in non-clinical populations. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0606. Adviser: Kenneth Cramer. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.
Collins, Kerry Allyson., "Interpreting the MMPI-2 K scale: Self-deception and impression management revisited." (2000). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2487.