Paulhus Deception Scales pds-paulhus-bidr

For: Adolescents & Adults 16yrs+

Reading Level: Year 5

Format: Paper-and-Pencil; Online (via MHS Online Assessment Center+)

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

Scoring: Hand Scored; Online

Minimum order - 5 online reports



PDS (Paulhus) Manual

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Paper Forms and Hand Scoring Materials


PDS (Paulhus) Forms (25)

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Online Forms, Administrations and Reports


PDS Online Report (each)

Administration & scoring. For use with MHS Assessment Center+ (MAC+) online platform. Minimum purchase 5 reports.
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Sample Reports

PDS Sample Report


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 may be used in a wide variety of situations where psychologists wish to assess socially desirable responding either as a response set (related to situational 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.

The PDS Assessment is administered, scored and report generated online via MHS Online Assessment Center+

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