The relative importance of psychopathy-related traits in predicting impersonal sex and hostile masculinity

James M. LeBreton, Michael A. Baysinger, Antonia Abbey, Angela J. Jacques-Tiura

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Abstract

This paper reports the relative contributions of several facets of subclinical psychopathy (i.e., callous affect, erratic lifestyle, interpersonal manipulation), subclinical narcissism (i.e., entitlement, exploitation), and trait aggression (i.e., anger) to the prediction of four enduring attitudes towards women and sexual assault (i.e., hostility towards women, negative attitudes regarding women, sexual dominance, impersonal sex) and a behavioral indicator of an impersonal sexual behavior (i.e., number of one-night stands). Survey data were collected from 470 single men living in the Detroit Metropolitan area. The importance of personality traits varied as a function of the outcome with anger most predictive of hostility toward women; erratic lifestyle most predictive of impersonal sexual attitudes and behavior, and entitlement most predictive of sexual dominance and negative attitudes toward women. These outcome-specific findings are interpreted and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-822
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume55
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

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  • Psychology(all)

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