Dark Personality and police workers: analysis of an Italian sample

Delicato, Fabio (2023) Dark Personality and police workers: analysis of an Italian sample. Rivista di Criminologia, Vittimologia e Sicurezza, XVIII. pp. 64-73. ISSN 1971-033X

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The Dark Triad of Personality consists of three negative and maladaptive traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. Although these traits are positively correlated, they represent distinct aspects of personality. On another note, a career in law enforcement is known to be particularly stressful, and the experiences in this profession can have an impact on an individual's personality. While psychopathy traits have been observed in police officers, less attention has been given to the other Dark Triad traits. The aim of this exploratory study is to investigate the Dark Triad traits in a sample of Italian police workers, categorized by age and years of service. We administered the Italian translation of the Short Dark Triad to the sample, which consisted of 121 Police Workers (experimental group) and 541 civilian individuals (control group). The collected data was analyzed using SPSS v25 software. An independent sample t-test was conducted to examine any differences in dark triad traits between police workers and civilian individuals. Additionally, a point-biserial correlation was used to explore any correlations between work-related dangerous experiences or exposure to violence scenes and dark triad traits in the experimental group. The results of the t-test indicate that the police workers sample had lower levels of both machiavellianism and psychopathy traits compared to civilian individuals, with no significant differences noted in the narcissism trait. Regarding police workers, the statistical results show a positive association between exposure to work-related violence scenes and the psychopathy trait. Furthermore, work-related dangerous experiences do not influence any of the dark triad traits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dark triad; psychopathy; narcissism; Machiavellianism; police workers
Subjects: 300 Scienze sociali
Depositing User: Prof.ssa Raffaella Sette
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2024 14:25
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2024 14:25
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/22639

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