Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
N. Clayton Silver
Number of Pages
The Mach IV scale measures Machiavellianism, the propensity to be manipulatory in interpersonal relations. The Mach IV has been criticized for social desirability response bias, or the tendency to present oneself in an overly favorable light. Socially desirable responding, as measured by the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding, however, was postulated to reflect a facet of the Machiavellianism construct. A coalition-bargaining game was played with college students (N = 126), using 21 groups each of sex-segregated triads in a 2 (sex) by 3 (high, medium, and low levels of Machiavellianism) between-subjects design. Game scores served as the dependent variable and were interpreted as a measure of manipulative success. Neither sex nor levels of Machiavellianism were significantly related to game performance. Machiavellianism was negatively related to overall social desirability and its two subtypes, impression management and self-deceptive enhancement.
Bias; Construct; Desirable; Machiavellianism; Responding; Response; Scale; Socially
Personality; Social psychology; Psychology--Research--Methodology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Hoefer, Maryn Lyn, "Socially desirable responding on the Machiavellianism scale: Response bias or construct?" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1060.