Self-report measures among transplant candidates: The impact of evaluative situations

John D. Putzke, Thomas J. Boll, Mark A. Williams, Robert C. Benza, James K. Kirklin, David C. McGiffin

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Experiment 1 was a between-subjects design comparing transplant candidates completing self-report measures under an evaluative versus an anonymous research condition. A cardiac disease group and a healthy community group served as controls. Transplant candidates in the anonymous research condition reported significantly more depression, anxiety, and negative affectivity as compared with transplant candidates in the evaluative condition and community controls. In contrast, the evaluative transplant group (a) did not differ from the community controls on any of the self-report measures, and (b) reported significantly less depression than cardiac disease controls. Experiment 2 was a within-subjects design with transplant candidates completing self-report measures under both an evaluative and an anonymous research condition. Significantly greater anxiety was reported under the anonymous research condition. Social desirability was significantly related to change in self-reported anxiety and depression across conditions, but was unrelated to change in endorsement of personality characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-35
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Impression management
  • Negative affect
  • Response set
  • Social desirability
  • Transplant

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