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NCJ Number: 118533 Find in a Library
Title: Intentional Falsification in Reports of Interpartner Aggression
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:220-232
Author(s): D S Riggs; C M Murphy; K D O'Leary
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The current study examined the willingness of subjects to report relationship aggression in self-report data about socially undesirable behavior.
Abstract: Male and female undergraduate students rated the likelihood that they would report the occurrence of various hypothetical behaviors on an anonymous questionnaire. Subjects rated themselves much less likely to report physical aggression than other positive and negative relationship behavior. Subjects also displayed more willingness to report being the victims rather than the perpetrators of physical aggression. These results converged with evidence from other methods of assessing social desirability response bias to suggest that victim reports of interpartner aggression were less biased than aggressor reports. The results were further discussed in terms of a two-component model of social desirability bias, involving conscious dissimulation and unconscious self-deception. Tables, figures, notes and 18 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Self-report studies
Index Term(s): Data collections; Domestic assault
Note: A version of this article was presented at the Third National Family Violence Research Conference, Durham, New Hampshire, July 1987.
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