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Pers Individ Dif. 2013 Oct;55(7):817-822.

The Relative Importance of Psychopathy-Related Traits in Predicting Impersonal Sex and Hostile Masculinity.

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  • 1Pennsylvania State University, Department of Psychology, 140 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802,
  • 2Kronos, Inc. 9525 SW Gemini Drive, Beaverton, OR 97008,
  • 3Wayne State University, 5057 Woodward Avenue, Department of Psychology, Detroit, MI 48202,
  • 4Wayne State University, 4707 St. Antoine, W534, Department of Pediatrics, Detroit, MI 48201,


This paper reports the relative contributions of several facets of subclinical psychopathy (i.e., callous affect, erratic lifestyle, interpersonal manipulation), subclinical narcissism (i.e., entitlement, exploitation), and trait aggression (i.e., anger) to the prediction of four enduring attitudes towards women and sexual assault (i.e., hostility towards women, negative attitudes regarding women, sexual dominance, impersonal sex) and a behavioral indicator of an impersonal sexual behavior (i.e., number of one-night stands). Survey data were collected from 470 single men living in the Detroit Metropolitan area. The importance of personality traits varied as a function of the outcome with anger most predictive of hostility toward women; erratic lifestyle most predictive of impersonal sexual attitudes and behavior, and entitlement most predictive of sexual dominance and negative attitudes toward women. These outcome-specific findings are interpreted and directions for future research are discussed.


Aggression; Narcissism; Psychopathy; Relative Importance Analyses; Risk Factors; Sexual Aggression

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