Life satisfaction and social desirability across the late life span: what relationship?

Maria Chiara Fastame, Maria Pietronilla Penna, Paul Kenneth Hitchcott

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PURPOSE: The current study mainly aimed to investigate the impact of social desirability in predicting life satisfaction in cognitively healthy elderly people.

METHODS: One hundred and seventy-eight 65- to 99-year-old adults were recruited in Sardinia, an Italian Isle known for the longevity of its inhabitants, and were presented a battery of questionnaires assessing subjective well-being, metacognitive efficiency, depressive symptoms and socially desirable responding style.

RESULTS: An analysis of covariance and a hierarchical regression analysis showed that the social desirable style does have a marginal impact on self-referent measures of life satisfaction. Indeed, only 5 % of the variance in life satisfaction was predicted by self-rated social desirability.

CONCLUSIONS: Social desirability does not seem to bias the self-assessment of an important aspect of quality of life in late adulthood. That is, life satisfaction of Italian elderly people does not seem to be impacted by the tendency to present themselves in a more favourable way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalQuality of Life Research
Issue number1
Early online date2 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bias
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self-Assessment
  • Social Desirability
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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