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Structure of Dark Triad Dirty Dozen Across Eight World Regions.

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posted on 26.03.2020, 15:13 by Radosław Rogoza, Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, Peter Jonason, Jarosław Piotrowski, Keith Campbell, Jochen Gebauer, John Maltby, Constantine Sedikides

The Dark Triad (i.e., narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism) has garnered intense

attention over the last 15 years. We examined the structure of these traits’ measure—the Dark Triad Dirty Dozen (DTDD)—in a sample of 11,488 participants from three W.E.I.R.D. (i.e., Australia/Oceania, North America, Western Europe) and five non-W.E.I.R.D. (i.e., Asia, Middle East, non-Western Europe, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa) world regions. The results confirmed the measurement invariance of the DTDD across participants’ sex in all world regions, with men scoring higher than women on all traits (except for psychopathy in Asia, where the difference was not significant). We found evidence for metric (and partial scalar) measurement invariance within and between W.E.I.R.D. and non-W.E.I.R.D. world regions. The results generally support the structure of the DTDD.


We thank Jeremy Frimer for providing data for Canada. The work of Radosław Rogoza, Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska and Jarosław Piotrowski was supported by grant number 2016/21/B/HS6/01069 financed by Polish National Science Centre. The work by Peter Jonason was partially funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. The work of Valdiney V. Gouveia was supported by National Council of Technological and Scientific Development, Brazil. The work of Joel Gruneau Brulin was supported by Grant 51897 awarded by John Templeton Foundation. The work of Martina Klicperova-Baker was supported by a research grant by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic #15-11062S. The work of Evgeny Osin was supported by Russian Academic Excellence project 5-100.



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