Dark desires: The Dark Tetrad and relationship control

HUGHES, Sara and SAMUELS, Hayley (2020). Dark desires: The Dark Tetrad and relationship control. Personality and Individual Differences, p. 110548.

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The present study explored links between the Dark Tetrad (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, sadism) personality traits and different forms of desired control in romantic relationships. These include control via surveillance and threats, control over every-day routines and control over autonomous behaviour. Participants (N = 318, women = 172, men = 146) were invited via Prolific data collection site to take part in an online survey exploring personality and romantic relationships. Path analyses revealed that sadism and psychopathy were positive predictors of all forms of desired control. Narcissism also positively predicted all forms of desired control, however revealing smaller effects. Results also show that the Dark Tetrad traits were operating similarly in both men and women across all relationship control variables. The current findings highlight the importance of considering everyday sadism and trait psychopathy when exploring different forms of relationship control.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Social Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110548
Page Range: p. 110548
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 14:54
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 01:18
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27793

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