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The Dark Triad and animal cruelty : dark personalities, dark attitudes, and dark behaviors

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Phillip Kavanagh, Tania Signal, Nicola Taylor
Research examining the interpersonal interactions of those high on the Dark Triad has proliferated in recent years. Extant research, however, has not examined other types of relationships such as attitudes and behaviors towards animals. Further, there has been limited research examining the associations between personality and attitudes and behaviors towards animals generally. In this study, participants (N = 227) completed an online survey measuring the Dark Triad, attitudes towards animals, and acts of animal cruelty. The results revealed that individuals with higher levels of the Dark Triad demonstrated less positive attitudes towards animals and reported engaging in more acts of animal cruelty. Age and sex were found to be significant predictors of less positive attitudes and behaviors towards animals, independent of the Dark Triad. These results suggest that those callous and manipulative behaviors and attitudes that have come to be associated with the Dark Triad are not just limited to human-to-human interactions, but are also consistent across other interactions.

History

Volume

55

Issue

6

Start Page

666

End Page

670

Number of Pages

5

ISSN

0191-8869

Location

Netherlands

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Flinders University; School of Human, Health and Social Sciences (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of South Australia;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Personality and individual differences.

Exports

CQUniversity

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