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Table 2 Confirmatory factor analysis of the short form Marlowe-Crowne social desirability scale MC-C (n = 318)

From: Absence of social desirability bias in the evaluation of chronic disease self-management interventions

  Factor loading Error variance
Self-presentation   
1 It is sometimes hard for me to go on with my work if I am not encouraged. 0.44 0.81
2 I sometimes feel resentful when I don’t get my way. 0.76 0.43
3 On a few occasions, I have given up doing something because I thought too little of my ability. 0.51 0.74
4 There have been times when I felt like rebelling against people in authority even though I knew they were right. 0.54 0.71
6 There have been occasions when I took advantage of someone. 0.33 0.89
8 I sometimes try to get even rather than forgive and forget. 0.48 0.77
11 There have been times when I was quite jealous of the good fortune of others. 0.51 0.74
12 I am sometimes irritated by people who ask favours of me. 0.37 0.87
Defensiveness   
5 No matter who I’m talking to, I’m always a good listener. 0.54 0.71
7 I’m always willing to admit it when I make a mistake. 0.64 0.59
9 I am always courteous, even to people who are disagreeable. 0.70 0.51
10 I have never been irked when people expressed ideas very different from my own. 0.48 0.77
13 I have never deliberately said something that hurt someone’s feelings. 0.42 0.83
  1. Fit statistics: χ2 SB(63) = 73.7, p = NS; RMSEA = 0.023 (90% CI, 0.0;0.043); CFI = 0.99; SRMR = 0.079. Coefficient alpha: factor 1 = 0.59; factor 2 = 0.56; Phi = 0.48.