Psychosocial characteristics of participants in the Quebec longitudinal study on aging

Philippe Gaulin1, Richard Lefrancois1, Gilbert Leclerc1, Micheline Dube1, Rejean Hebert1, Suzanne Hamel1
1Sherbrooke Geriatric University Institute, Canada
Cite this article:  Gaulin, P., Lefrancois, R., Leclerc, G., Dube, M., Hebert, R., & Hamel, S. (2001). Psychosocial characteristics of participants in the Quebec longitudinal study on aging. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 29, 405-416.

Volume 29 Issue 4 | e1099 | Published: June 2001 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2001.29.4.405

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Our objective in this study was to identify the psychosocial characteristics of participants who obtained a high social desirability score on the measures in the Quebec Longitudinal Study on Aging (QUELSA). Two groups were drawn from the 1997 QUELSA sample (n = 780) according to scores obtained on a social desirability scale (high or low). These two groups were compared on scores obtained on the main psychosocial variables of the QUELSA. The results show that individuals who give desirable responses tend to obtain higher scores on instruments measuring “self-image” features. Consequences of this bias are discussed.


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