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Paulhus Deception Scales (PDS)

Author(s): Delroy L. Paulhus
Publisher: MHS, 1999
SKU code: PG_PAU


Purpose: Identify individuals who distort their responses

Age: 16+ years

Time: 5–7 minutes

Format: Hard-copy; Online

The Paulhus Deception Scales (PDS) is a 40-item instrument that is able to identify individuals who distort their responses, designed to be administered concurrently with other instruments.

Items are phrased in contemporary, gender-neutral language.


  • Impression Management
  • Self-Deceptive Enhancement

The PDS can be administered and scored by hand, or online.

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Author(s): Delroy L. Paulhus