Induced response bias on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory

E. P. Johnsen1, D. Tracy2, R. Hohn2
1The University of Kansas, United States
2University of Kansas, United States
Cite this article:  Johnsen, E. , Tracy, D. , & Hohn, R. (1983). Induced response bias on the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 11, 113-118.

Volume 11 Issue 1 | e395 | Published: February 1983 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1983.11.1.113

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Responses on both state and trait scales of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were examined as a function of experimenter-provided instructions. Instructions which presented a simulated real-life situation containing competitive and evaluative cues without directly suggesting, faking preceded the completion of an interpolated task, which was followed by re-administration of the instrument under standard instructions. The hypothesis that Ss would respond consistently on the A-trait scale, while demonstrating increased levels of A-state was confirmed. Results were interpreted as consistent with the distinction between anxiety as a state as well as a trait, but conflicted with traditional notions of social desirability response bias, which imply that "faking good" should lead to consistent changes on both scales.
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