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Table 2 Strength of relationships between social desirability and predictor variables for the full sample (n = 278) and split samples by high (n = 87) and low (n = 173) SD scores (18 missing data)

From: Methodological considerations regarding response bias effect in substance use research: is correlation between the measured variables sufficient?

  FULL sample High SD Low SD
Predictor variable Corr. with SD scale (r) Sign (p) Corr. with SD scale (r) Sign (p) Corr. with SD scale (r) Sign (p)
Doping attitude -.219 .001 -.323 .003 .040 .612
Control over diet .186 .003 .240 .028 .110 .153
Control over medication taken .073 .245 .041 .707 .032 .681
Control over training .068 .279 -.092 .400 .074 .337
Internal deterrence .136 .029 .183 .089 -.006 .939
External deterrence .047 .448 -.011 .918 .038 .621
Legalizing doping for top athletes -.184 .003 -.364 .001 -.058 .446
Legalizing doping for all athletes -.140 .025 -.360 .001 -.047 .543