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Psicothema, 2012. Vol. Vol. 24 (nº 2). 310-315

The impact of social desirability on psychometric measures of aggression

Andreu Vigil-Colet, Mireia Ruiz-Pamies, Cristina Anguiano-Carrasco and Urbano Lorenzo-Seva

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Although many studies have focused on the effects of social desirability in personality measures, few have analysed its effects on such highly undesirable behaviour as aggressiveness. The present study analyzes the impact of social desirability on measures of direct and indirect aggression and on the relationships between both kinds of aggression with impulsivity, using a method that enables the content factors of the measures to be isolated from social desirability. Results showed that aggression measures are highly affected by social desirability and that the relationships between the two forms of aggression and impulsivity are due to the content measured by the tests and not to a common social desirability factor.

El efecto de la deseabilidad en las medidas psicométricas de agresividad.Aunque numerosos estudios han analizado los efectos de la deseabilidad social en las medidas de personalidad, muy pocos se han centrado en los efectos de la misma en un comportamiento fuertemente reprobado por la sociedad como es la agresividad. El estudio que presentamos analiza el impacto de la deseabilidad social en las medidas de agresividad directa e indirecta, así como en sus relaciones con la impulsividad utilizando un método que permite obtener puntuaciones en los factores de contenido libres de los efectos de la deseabilidad social. Los resultados señalan que las medidas de agresividad se ven fuertemente afectadas por la deseabilidad social pero que las relaciones entre las mismas con la impulsividad se deben al contenido de agresividad de los tests y no a un factor común de deseabilidad social.


Impact factor 2022:  JCR WOS 2022:  FI = 3.6 (Q2);  JCI = 1.21 (Q1) / SCOPUS 2023:  SJR = 1.07;  CiteScore = 6.4 (Q1)