Paulhus Deception Scales

Delroy L. Paulhus, Ph.D.


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About the Author

Delroy Paulhus, Ph.D.
Dr. Delroy Paulhus has devoted a large part of his career to researching socially desirable responding and is known as one of the world's foremost experts. More than 20 of his 55 publications, as well as, an edited book, address this controversial topic.
Dr. Paulhus attended Carleton University, where he received undergraduate degrees in both mathematics and psychology. In 1976, he was accepted into the doctoral program in psychology at Columbia University. There, he studied issues surrounding self-presentation and defense mechanisms with Richard Christie and Harold Sackeim. As a post-doctoral student at the University of Georgia, Dr. Paulhus studied the social psychology of self-presentation with Abraham Tesser.

In 1982, Dr. Paulhus joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he continues to teach. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley. He has conducted research into all aspects of socially desirable responding including both personality and situational determinants, interrelations with defense mechanisms, values, and traits, as well as, various methods of detection. Apart from socially desirable responding, his other research interests include perceptions of intelligence and personality, birth order, shyness, and acculturation.
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Author Delroy L. Paulhus, Ph.D.

Age Range 16 and older

Administration Time 5–7 minutes

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

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