Psychometric Properties of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale in Eight African Countries and Switzerland

Sabrina Verardi, Donatien Dahourou, Jennifer Ah-kion, Uma Bhowon, Caroline Ng Tseung, Denis Amoussou-yeye, Marcel Adjahouisso, Cherifa Bouatta, Daouda Dougoumalé Cissé, Mamadou Mbodji, Oumar Barry, David Minga Minga, François Ondongo, Dieudonné Tsokini, Christine Rigozzi, Franz Meyer De Stadelhofen, Jérôme Rossier

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The purpose of this study was to assess the cross-cultural validity of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability scale short form C, in a large sample of French-speaking participants from eight African countries and Switzerland. Exploratory and confirmatory analyses suggested retaining a two-factor structure. Item bias detection according to country was conducted for all
13 items and effect was calculated with R2. For the two-factor solution, 9 items were associated with a negligible effect size, 3 items with a moderate one, and 1 item with a large one. A series of analyses of covariance considering the acquiescence variable as a covariate showed that the acquiescence tendency does not contribute to the bias at item level. This research indicates that
the psychometric properties of this instrument do not reach a scalar equivalence but that a culturally reliable measurement of social desirability could be developed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume41
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 2010
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Verardi, Sabrina ; Dahourou, Donatien ; Ah-kion, Jennifer ; Bhowon, Uma ; Tseung, Caroline Ng ; Amoussou-yeye, Denis ; Adjahouisso, Marcel ; Bouatta, Cherifa ; Dougoumalé Cissé, Daouda ; Mbodji, Mamadou ; Barry, Oumar ; Minga, David Minga ; Ondongo, François ; Tsokini, Dieudonné ; Rigozzi, Christine ; Meyer De Stadelhofen, Franz ; Rossier, Jérôme. / Psychometric Properties of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale in Eight African Countries and Switzerland. In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 2010 ; Vol. 41, No. 1. pp. 19-34.
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Psychometric Properties of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale in Eight African Countries and Switzerland. / Verardi, Sabrina; Dahourou, Donatien; Ah-kion, Jennifer; Bhowon, Uma; Tseung, Caroline Ng; Amoussou-yeye, Denis; Adjahouisso, Marcel; Bouatta, Cherifa; Dougoumalé Cissé, Daouda; Mbodji, Mamadou; Barry, Oumar; Minga, David Minga; Ondongo, François; Tsokini, Dieudonné; Rigozzi, Christine; Meyer De Stadelhofen, Franz; Rossier, Jérôme.

In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2010, p. 19-34.

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