The moderating role of socially desirable responding in implicit-explicit attitudes toward asylum seekers

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Anderson, Joel R.. (2019) The moderating role of socially desirable responding in implicit-explicit attitudes toward asylum seekers. International Journal of Psychology. 54(1), pp. 1 - 7.
AuthorsAnderson, Joel R.

Implicit and explicit attitudes correlate under certain conditions and researchers are interested in the moderating factors of this relationship. This paper explored the role of socially desirable responding in this relationship by testing the hypothesis that impression management (IM; i.e., deliberate response modification) and self-deceptive enhancement (SDE; i.e., positive self-bias) play moderating roles in the relationship of implicit-explicit attitudes toward asylum seekers in Australia. Seventy-four students responded to a battery of measures and the results revealed that IM (but not SDE) moderated this relationship to the extent that higher IM scores weakened the correspondence between implicit and explicit attitude scores. This suggests that attitudes toward asylum seekers might be susceptible to socially desirable response tendencies and in combination with the finding that IM was negatively related to explicit attitudes, it is argued that self-presentation concerns result in the deliberate attenuation of reported negative explicit attitudes.

Keywordsasylum seekers; refugee; ATAS; implicit attitudes; go/no-go association task; impression management; self-deceptive enhancement
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Journal citation54 (1), pp. 1 - 7
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85021842700
Page range1 - 7
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsM. Robert
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