The malevolent side of revenge porn proclivity: dark personality traits and sexist ideology

Pina, A., Holland, J. and James, M. (2017) The malevolent side of revenge porn proclivity: dark personality traits and sexist ideology. International Journal of Technoethics, 8 (1). pp. 30-43. ISSN 1947-3451.

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel study, exploring a form of technology facilitated sexual violence (TFSV) known as revenge porn. Despite its emerging prevalence, little is known about the characteristics of revenge porn perpetrators.

In the current study, a revenge porn proclivity scale was devised to examine participants’ behavioural propensity to engage in revenge porn. One hundred adults, aged 18-54, were recruited online from a community sample. The correlational relationship between revenge porn proclivity and the self-reported endorsement of the Dark Triad, sadism, and ambivalent sexism was examined. Additional proclivity subscales of revenge porn enjoyment and revenge porn approval were also created.

The study’s main findings revealed a positive correlation between a greater behavioural propensity to engage in revenge porn and higher levels of the Dark Triad and ambivalent sexism. Moreover,
endorsement of psychopathy was found to be the only Dark Triad trait that independently predicted revenge porn proclivity.

The results suggest that perpetrators of revenge porn may have distinct personality profiles. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0176 Psychological tests and testing
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0698 Personality
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Mark James
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 12:22
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2018 10:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17658

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