Current research suggests that self-esteem can be determined by measuring other variables such as personality and social desirability. The current study investigated if personality plays a mediating role in the relationship between social desirability and self-esteem in determining either inflated or non-inflated self-esteem. Correlations between the Big Five personality traits, social desirability and self-esteem were all examined in addition to linear regression analysis between social desirability (IV), each personality trait (IV) and self-esteem (DV) to test if personality played a mediating role. The sample consisted of 93 college students from the College of Wooster who gave consent to participate in the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (1965), the Big Five Personality Inventory (1999), and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (1960). Results did not indicate that personality mediated any relationship between social desirability, let alone any positive relationship as social desirability and self-esteem did not correlate at all. Extraversion was shown to correlate significantly and positively with social desirability and self-esteem, which makes room for future research which is further discussed. Implications of the results based off the present research are discussed as well.


Foster, Nathan



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis


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