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A study in the relationship between interrogative suggestibility, compliance and social desirability in institutionalised adolescents

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Thomas Kelly


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This study is the first to investigate the relationship between interrogative suggestibility, compliance and social desirability in a British adolescent forensic sample. Fifty one institutionalised adolescents completed the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale (GSS1), the Gudjonsson Compliance Scale (GCS), and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Junior (EPQ-J). Their suggestible and compliant behaviours were rated by two residential staff who had daily contact with the adolescents. No correlations were found between Suggestibility scores and ratings of suggestible behaviour. A significant positive correlation was found between Gudjonsson Compliance Scale scores and ratings of compliant behaviour within the institution. This provides criterion-related validity for the GCS. The pattern of correlations between Compliance Scale scores and Suggestibility Scale scores indicated that adolescents who score more highly on compliance are vulnerable to leading questions (Yield 1) rather than interrogative pressure (Shift). Social desirabilility as measured by the Lie Scale of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Junior was found to correlate with suggestibility (Yield 1) and with self-reported compliance (GCS). (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Richardson G, Kelly TP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Personality and Individual Differences

Year: 2004

Volume: 36

Issue: 2

Pages: 485-494

ISSN (print): 0191-8869

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3549

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/S0191-8869(03)00263-0


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