Based on the assumption that a strong norm of moderation is socialized in Chinese respondents, rates of midpoint responding to personality items were examined. Since self-report on personality characteristics induces self-awareness, it was predicted that high Public Self-Consciousness will produce higher rates of moderate responding than low public self-consciousness. High public self-consciousness results in an individual being concerned about how he or she appears to others and the moderation norm of Chinese will be more salient for these respondents. The self-ratings on personality items for 181 employment training volunteers in Hong Kong substantiated the prediction. The results also were in line with previous findings that high private self-consciousness leads to greater response consistency over a series of test items. The implications and limitations of the results are discussed. Copyright © 2001 Select Press, Novato, CA, 415/209-9838.
|Journal||Journal of Social Behavior and Personality|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
CitationHamid, P. N., Lai, J. C. L., & Cheng, S. T. (2000). Response bias and public and private self-consciousness in Chinese. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 15(3), 431-440.
- Self-consciousness (Sensitivity)
- Employee training
- Response consistency