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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Matthew Normand

First Committee Member

Amanda Karsten

Second Committee Member

Carolynn Kohn


Adults that do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity each week are at a higher risk for many noncommunicable diseases. Many different interventions have been developed with researchers relying heavily on self-report measures to assess the effectiveness. Inaccuracies on self-report measures have been correlated with social desirability. The purpose of the current study was to identify whether two commonly employed interventions, educational information and goal setting, evoked socially desirable responding in four University employees using a multiple baseline across subjects design. Results were inconsistent and varied across participants, suggesting a need for further research on the variables that influence responding on self-report measures.





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