Relation between self-esteem and socially desirable responding and the role of socially desirable responding in the relation between self-esteem and performance

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Abstract

This investigation examines the relation between self-esteem and socially desirable responding by integrating previous findings via a meta-analysis. In 55 studies containing 73 independent samples (N011,901), the correlation between self-esteem and Impression Management was weak, that between self-esteem and Self-Deceptive Enhancement was from moderate to strong, and that between self-esteem and omnibus socially desirable responding was moderate based on Cohen's guidelines (1988). The effects of all moderators, including the measures of self-esteem and socially desirable responding, and mean sample age and sample gender, on the relation between self-esteem and socially desirable responding were non-significant. Socially desirable responding did not function as a useful suppressor or spurious variable in the relation between self-esteem and performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-683
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychology of Education
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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