Darker Deals? Male Dark Tetrad preferences for female sex worker services

HUGHES, Sara, ADHIKARI, Joanna and GOULDING, Katharine (2021). Darker Deals? Male Dark Tetrad preferences for female sex worker services. Heliyon, 7 (7).

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The present study explored links between male Dark Tetrad personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism) and preferences for using outdoor and indoor female sex worker services. We also investigated the mediating effects of perceiving sex workers as deviant and as victims. Heterosexual males (N = 347) were recruited to take part in an online survey investigating personality and attitudes towards female sex workers. Path analyses revealed that psychopathy and sadism positively predicted preferences for outdoor but not indoor female sex services. Sex worker choice mediated positive links between narcissism and outdoor female sex worker preferences. Compared to indoor, outdoor sex services are associated with increased aggression and violence. Our findings highlight the importance of considering narcissism and particularly psychopathy and sadism when investigating individual male preferences for outdoor sex services that are being offered by particularly vulnerable women.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07389
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 11:49
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 12:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28809

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