Dark Triad personality traits and adolescent cyber-aggression

Sara Pabian, Charlotte J. S. De Backer*, Heidi Vandebosch

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The current study empirically investigates the relationships between the Dark Triad personality traits and cyber-aggression among adolescents (14-18 year old). The sample consisted of 324 participants aged 14-18 (M = 16.05, SD = 1.31). Participants completed the Short Dark Triad (SD3) as a measure of the Dark Triad personality traits, the Facebook Intensity Scale and a scale to measure cyber-aggression. Structural equation modelling was applied to investigate the relationships. Results show that only Facebook intensity and psychopathy significantly predict cyber-aggression, when controlling for age and gender. Findings are discussed regarding the potential importance to further study Dark Triad traits, and psychopathy in particular, in the context of adolescent cyber-aggression. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume75
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cyber-aggression
  • Dark Triad
  • Machiavellianism
  • Narcissism
  • Psychopathy
  • CALLOUS-UNEMOTIONAL TRAITS
  • PSYCHOPATHIC TRAITS
  • NARCISSISTIC EXPLOITATIVENESS
  • ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR
  • NONCLINICAL SAMPLE
  • MACHIAVELLIANISM
  • SCHOOL
  • AGE
  • ASSOCIATION
  • STABILITY

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