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Dark Triad, Sociosexual Orientation and Religious Affiliation: An Association and Moderation Study

Journal article
Authors Bobby Haddad
Mia Ångman
Trevor Archer
Danilo Garcia
Published in Clinical and Experimental Psychology
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages Article number: 124
ISSN 2471-2701
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Department of Psychology
Pages Article number: 124
Language en
Keywords Dark triad; Machiavellianism; Moderation; Narcissism; Psychopathy; Religious affiliation; Sociosexual orientation
Subject categories Psychology


Objective: We examined the relationships between individuals’ malevolent tendencies (i.e., the Dark Triad: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy), sociosexual orientation (i.e., behavior, attitude, and desire to participate in uncommited sex) and religious affiliation. Method: The participants consisted of US-residents (N = 309) who responded to an online survey through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk). A correlation analysis was used to investigate the association between variables and multiple regression analyses were used to investigate if religious affiliation moderated the effect of the Dark Triad composite (i.e., the sum of the three dark traits) on global sociosexual orientation. Results: The Dark Triad traits had a positive relationship with each of the dimensions of sociosexual orientation, but only psychopathy was significantly negatively related to religious affiliation. Religious affiliation, in turn, was negatively related to sociosexual orientation and its’ dimensions. Religious affiliation, however, did not moderate the effect of Dark Triad on sociosexual orientation. Conclusion: Our findings confirm the impact of religiousness/spirituality upon aspects of malevolent character traits, that is, deviant sexual orientation.

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