Paulhus Deception Scales

Paulhus Deception Scales [PDS (Paulhus-BIDR)]
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For: Adolescents & Adults 16yrs+

Reading Level: Year 5

Format: Paper & pencil

Length: From 5-10 minutes, depending on the client

Scoring: Hand Scored

PDS1P PDS (Paulhus) Complete Kit - $203.50
Manual; 25 Forms
Hand Scoring Materials
PDS2P PDS (Paulhus) Manual - $110.00
PDS3P PDS (Paulhus) Forms (25) - $99.00
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PDS100 PDS Form - Online (each) - $5.94
For use with Online Assessment Center. Note: A minimum purchase of any combination of 10 online MAC forms applies per order.
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Delroy L. Paulhus



The PDS (formerly known as the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding - BIDR) is a 40 item self-report inventory using a 5 point Likert scale that measures an individual's tendency to give socially desirable responses on self-report instruments. Two principal and relatively independent subscales are reported - Self-Deceptive Enhancement (SDE) - the tendency to give honest but inflated self-descriptions and Impression Management (IM) - the tendency to give inflated self-descriptions.

The PDS can be used in a wide variety of situations where psychologists wish to assess socially desirable responding either as a response set (related to situtational demands) and/or a response style (a more stable, trait-like tendency). These situations include Human Resource settings (eg: recruitment testing), Forensic settings (eg: with sex offenders), Clinical settings (eg: personality variables) and Research. It is usually given concurrently with other instruments.



  • Identifies two factors of desirable responding.
  • Short administration time.


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