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Associations between Dark Triad and Ambivalent Sexism: Sex Differences among Adolescents

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Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Department of Politic Science and Sociology, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Institute of Education and Child Studies, Leiden University, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands
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Global Center for Applied Health Research, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7754; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217754
Received: 16 September 2020 / Revised: 10 October 2020 / Accepted: 19 October 2020 / Published: 23 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dark Traits Influence on Health and Risk Behaviors)
The Dark Triad traits (DT; Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism) have been repeatedly labeled as a constellation of traits that are characterized by a dishonest and self-focused approach to interpersonal relations. Personality psychologists suggest that these traits make some people more susceptible than others to intergroup bias, threat, and aggression. Thus, in order to delve into a psychological profile prone to accepting and justifying sexist attitudes, the aims of the current study were to analyze the presence of DT and sexist attitudes in a sample of 367 adolescents (Mage = 15.12, SD = 0.88; 50.1% males), find out the relationships that DT has with both hostile and benevolent sexism, and analyze the relevant differences between sexes in these relationships. The results indicated higher scores in DT and Ambivalent sexism for males. The correlations of Machiavellianism with psychopathy, and psychopathy with narcissism revealed significantly higher associations in males than females. The structural equation modeling of the bifactorial model, characterized by a global latent factor that encompasses the common characteristics of DT—along with the three specific factors of Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism—showed that the global latent factor of DT was related to both hostile and benevolent sexism in males and females. Singularly, narcissism was related to benevolent sexism in males, and psychopathy was related to hostile sexism in females. Finally, this research discusses the implications of these results on the implementation of positive models of interpersonal relationships in adolescence towards dating violence prevention. View Full-Text
Keywords: Dark Triad; Machiavellianism; psychopathy; narcissism; Ambivalent sexism; adolescent Dark Triad; Machiavellianism; psychopathy; narcissism; Ambivalent sexism; adolescent
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Navas, M.P.; Maneiro, L.; Cutrín, O.; Gómez-Fraguela, J.A.; Sobral, J. Associations between Dark Triad and Ambivalent Sexism: Sex Differences among Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7754. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217754

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Navas MP, Maneiro L, Cutrín O, Gómez-Fraguela JA, Sobral J. Associations between Dark Triad and Ambivalent Sexism: Sex Differences among Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7754. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217754

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Navas, María P.; Maneiro, Lorena; Cutrín, Olalla; Gómez-Fraguela, Jose A.; Sobral, Jorge. 2020. "Associations between Dark Triad and Ambivalent Sexism: Sex Differences among Adolescents" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 7754. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217754

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