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Research Article

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

Bobby Haddad1, Mia Angman1, Trevor Archer2,3 and Danilo Garcia2,3,4,5,6*

1Department of Psychology, Linneaus University, Växjö, Sweden

2Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

3Network for Empowerment and Well-Being, Sweden

4Blekinge Center for Competence, Blekinge County Council, Karlskrona, Sweden

5Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

6Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Danilo Garcia
Network for Empowerment and Well-Being
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Email: [email protected]

Received date May 02, 2016; Accepted date May 21, 2016; Published date May 28, 2016

Citation: Haddad B, Angman M, Archer T, Garcia D (2016) Dark Triad, Sociosexual Orientation and Religious Affiliation: An Association and Moderation Study. Clin Exp Psychol 2:124. doi:10.4172/2471-2701.1000124

Copyright: © 2016 Haddad B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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 regressionanalyses 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.