Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study examined the effects of two levels of Need Approval, two methods of test administration, and their interaction on the social desirability response set when psychiatric patient Ss were administered the Mini-Mult. 26 High- and 26 Low- Need Approval Ss were selected from a psychiatric hospital patient population according to their performance on the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. 13 Ss from each Need Approval S group were administered the Mini-Mult by a college student, with instructions that he is to read and answer the test questions himself. The other 13 Ss in each Need Approval S group were administered the Mini-Mult orally, by a staff psychologist. The purpose was to demonstrate that demand conditions of the test-taking situation could influence test responding through their influence on response sets. The effects of treatment and S variables were measured in terms of two dependent variables reflecting the degree of socially desirable responsiveness to test items. It was found that High Need Approval Ss showed stronger social favorability responding than did Low Need Approval Ss. However, High Need Approval Ss failed to evidence stronger social desirability responding under psychologist - administered than under student - administered conditions.


Ronald G. Smith

Date of Award

Spring 1973

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1973 Robert Dennis Mitchell


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