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Examining Dark Triad traits in relation to mental toughness and physical activity in young adults
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4415999
Author(s) Sabouri, Sarah; Gerber, Markus; Sadeghi Bahmani, Dena; Lemola, Sakari; Clough, Peter J.; Kalak, Nadeem; Shamsi, Mahin; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Brand, Serge
Author(s) at UniBasel Gerber, Markus
Sadeghi Bahmani, Dena
Lemola, Sakari
Kalak, Nadeem
Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith
Brand, Serge
Year 2016
Title Examining Dark Triad traits in relation to mental toughness and physical activity in young adults
Journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Volume 12
Pages / Article-Number 229-235
Abstract Objective: The Dark Triad (DT) describes a set of three closely related personality traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. Mental toughness (MT) refers to a psychological construct combining confidence, commitment, control, and challenge. High MT is related to greater physical activity (PA) and, relative to men, women have lower MT scores. The aims of the present study were 1) to investigate the association between DT, MT, and PA, and 2) to compare the DT, MT, and PA scores of men and women.Methods: A total of 341 adults (M=29 years; 51.6% women; range: 18-37 years) took part in the study. Participants completed a series of questionnaires assessing DT, MT, and PA.Results: Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy were all significantly associated with higher MT scores (rs = 0.45, 0.50, and 0.20, respectively). DT traits and MT were associated with more vigorous PA. Compared to men, women participants had lower scores for DT traits (overall score and psychopathy), while no differences were found for MT or PA in both sexes.Conclusion: DT traits, high MT, and vigorous PA are interrelated. This pattern of results might explain why, for instance, successful professional athletes can at the same time be tough and ruthless.
Publisher Dove Medical Press
ISSN/ISBN 1176-6328 ; 1178-2021
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.2147/NDT.S97267
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000368942800001
Document type (ISI) Article

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