The relationship between dark triad personality traits and sexting behaviors among adolescents and young adults across 11 countries

Morelli, Mara and Urbini, Flavio and Bianchi, Dora and Baiocco, Roberto and Cattelino, Elena and Laghi, Fiorenzo and Sorokowski, Piotr and Misiak, Michal and Dziekan, Martyna and Hudson, Heather and Marshall, Alexandra and Nguyen, Thanh Truc T. and Mark, Lauren and Kopecky, Kamil and Szotkowski, Rene and Toplu Demirtas, Ezgi and Van Ouytsel, Joris and Ponnet, Koen and Walrave, Michel and Zhu, Tingshao and Chen, Ya and Zhao, Nan and Liu, Xiaoqian and Voiskounsky, Alexander and Bogacheva, Nataliya and Ioannou, Maria and Synnott, John and Tzani-Pepelasi, Kalliopi and Balakrishnan, Vimala and Okumu, Moses and Small, Eusebius and Pavlova Nikolova, Silviya and Drouin, Michelle and Chirumbolo, Antonio (2021) The relationship between dark triad personality traits and sexting behaviors among adolescents and young adults across 11 countries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (5). ISSN 1660-4601, DOI

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Background: Sexting is an increasingly common phenomenon among adolescents and young adults. Some studies have investigated the role of personality traits in different sexting behaviors within mainstream personality taxonomies like Big Five and HEXACO. However, very few studies have investigated the role of maladaptive personality factors in sexting. Therefore, the present study investigated the relationship between Dark Triad Personality Traits and experimental (i.e., sharing own sexts), risky (i.e., sexting under substance use and with strangers), and aggravated sexting (i.e., non-consensual sexting and sexting under pressure) across 11 countries. Methods: An online survey was completed by 6093 participants (Mage = 20.35; SDage = 3.63) from 11 different countries which covered four continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, and America). Participants completed the Sexting Behaviors Questionnaire and the 12-item Dark Triad Dirty Dozen scale. Results: Hierarchical regression analyses showed that sharing own sexts was positively predicted by Machiavellianism and Narcissism. Both risky and aggravated sexting were positively predicted by Machiavellianism and Psychopathy. Conclusions: The present study provided empirical evidence that different sexting behaviors were predicted by Dark Triad Personality Traits, showing a relevant role of Machiavellianism in all kinds of investigated sexting behaviors. Research, clinical, and education implications for prevention programs are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Sapienza University of Rome [Grant No: RG11715C7C530999], FWO [Grant No: 12J8719N]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexting; Dark triad traits; Personality; Cross-country investigation; Adolescents; Young adults
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2022 02:54
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 02:54

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