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New Perspectives on Faking in Personality Assessment

Matthias Ziegler, Carolyn MacCann, and Richard Roberts


This book showcases a range of different viewpoints on response distortion from a diverse group of world experts in personality assessment. Chapters consider what it means to "fake" a personality assessment, why and how people would try to fake particular scores on personality tests, and which types of tests people can successfully fake. A range of traditional and cutting-edge methods for detecting and controlling for faking are presented and their usefulness is discussed. Amongst the methods are social desirability (lie) scales, warnings, affective neutralization, unidimensional and multidime ... More

Keywords: personality, assessment, distortion, personality tests, faking, detection, control

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387476
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthias Ziegler, editor
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
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Carolyn MacCann, editor
University of Sydney
Author Webpage

Richard Roberts, editor
Educational Testing Service

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Part One General Background

1 Faking

Matthias Ziegler, Carolyn MacCann, and Richard D. Roberts

Part Two Do People Fake and Does It Matter?

3 The Rules of Evidence and the Prevalence of Applicant Faking

Richard L. Griffith and Patrick D. Converse

4 Questioning Old Assumptions

D. Brent Smith and Max McDaniel

5 Faking Does Distort Self-Report Personality Assessment

Ronald R. Holden and Angela S. Book1

Part Three Can We Tell If People Fake?

7 Innovative Item Response Process and Bayesian Faking Detection Methods

Nathan R. Kuncel, Matthew Borneman, and Thomas Kiger

8 Searching for Unicorns

Michael J. Zickar and Katherine A. Sliter

9 Methods for Correcting for Faking

Matthew C. Reeder and Ann Marie Ryan

Part Four Can We Stop People from Faking?

12 Application of Preventive Strategies

Stephan Dilchert and Deniz S. Ones1

13 Social Desirability in Personality Assessment

Martin Bäckström, Fredrik Björklund, and Magnus R. Larsson

14 Constructing Fake-Resistant Personality Tests Using Item Response Theory

Stephen Stark, Oleksandr S. Chernyshenko, and Fritz Drasgow

Part Five Is Faking a Consequential Issue Outside a Job Selection Context?

16 Plaintiffs Who Malinger

Ryan C. W. Hall and Richard C. W. Hall

17 Intentional and Unintentional Faking in Education1

Jeremy Burrus, Bobby D. Naemi, and Patrick C. Kyllonen

Part Six Conclusions

18 Faking in Personality Assessment

Carolyn MacCann, Matthias Ziegler, and Richard D. Roberts

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