Lifetime offspring and the Dark Triad

Carter, Gregory L, Lyons, Minna and Brewer, Gayle ORCID: 0000-0003-0690-4548
(2018) Lifetime offspring and the Dark Triad. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, 132. pp. 79-83.

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There is a paucity of literature investigating the extent to which human personality predicts lifetime (age-controlled) offspring. The present study contributes to this field in assessing whether the inter-related ‘dark’ personalities that have been linked to mating success (i.e., narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy: the ‘Dark Triad’) predict number of children. Analyses from an online sample (N = 314) revealed that for men, psychopathy was a negative predictor, and narcissism a positive predictor of lifetime offspring. For women, psychopathy emerged as a negative predictor of lifetime offspring. Results are discussed in respect of the importance of these traits to fitness-related outcomes, including reproduction, and the need to consider sex differences, as these traits may have a different function in men and women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reproduction, Dark Triad, Narcissism, Machiavellianism, Psychopathy
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 15:40
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:32
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.05.017
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