Original ArticlesSocial Desirability, Psychological Symptoms, and Perceived Health in Burn Injured PatientsWillebrand, Mimmie PhD*†; Wikehult, Björn RN, MSc†; Ekselius, Lisa MD, PhD*Author Information *Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and †Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Supported by the Swedish Medical Research Council (grants no. 152 31 and 146 71), the Söderström-Königska Foundation, the Thuring Foundation, the Nasvell Foundation, and the Vårdal Foundation. Send reprint requests to Mimmie Willebrand, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Uppsala University Hospital, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: December 2005 - Volume 193 - Issue 12 - p 820-824 doi: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000188976.84146.c3 Buy Metrics Abstract Social desirability was previously seen as a nuisance in assessment, but today it is regarded as a personality trait with an influence on health. The aim was to explore relations between social desirability and health in former burn patients. Eighty-four burn patients injured on average 3.8 years ago responded to a questionnaire booklet. Social desirability was assessed with the social desirability subscale of the Swedish universities Scales of Personality, which is standardized in a normative sample. The results showed that a subgroup with high degree of social desirability displayed significantly poorer perceived health on the burn-specific health subscales heat sensitivity, work, and body image than normal responders did. There were no differences regarding age, education, injury-related variables, sick leave, or symptoms of anxiety and depression. In conclusion, participants with high social desirability were characterized by postburn problems in outdoor and work-related situations, and more self-consciousness about appearance. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.