The Motivations of Informants in Self Reports: Bias or Adaptive (PO115)

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision
  • Live Chat:
    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    5:15 PM–6:00 PM
    (Posters available on demand at any time during the convention week and for sixty days thereafter.)

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn more about social desirability as a bias versus an adaptive motivation in self-reports administered to adolescents and teachers.
  2. consider the motivations of informants to better understand informants' goals in their reports.
  3. learn more about the situational and personality-related components that may help effective teaching.


How do we understand individuals’ motivations when they complete questionnaires for assessment and how might this understanding inform our conclusions? We provide results of a study that suggest that the motivations of informants when giving reports may give valuable insight into their perspectives on their reports. Practitioners will learn more about social desirability as a bias versus an adaptive motivation to social evaluation in the self-reports they administer to both adolescents and teachers.



Alexandria Travis, University of Maryland College Park College of Education
Hedwig Teglasi, University of Maryland College Park


Hedwig Teglasi

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