The Marlowe-Crowne affair: Short forms, psychometric structure, and social desirability

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The Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability scale (Crowne & Marlowe, 1960) is widely used to assess and control for response bias in self-report research. Several abbreviated versions of the Marlowe-Crowne scale have been proposed and adopted in psychology and medicine. In this article I evaluate the adequacy of 9 short forms using confirmatory factor analysis across 2 samples (combined N = 867). There was some evidence for the adequacy of different short forms, but model adequacy was not consistent across samples. Supplementary analyses revealed a multidimensional structure to the full Marlowe-Crowne scale and indicated that the apparent adequacy of model fit for some short forms might be a statistical artifact. Using the Marlowe-Crowne scale or its various short forms as a control for response bias is discouraged on empirical and conceptual grounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-305
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume79
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2002

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The Marlowe-Crowne affair : Short forms, psychometric structure, and social desirability. / Barger, Steven D.

In: Journal of Personality Assessment, Vol. 79, No. 2, 10.2002, p. 286-305.

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