Darker Deals? Male Dark Tetrad preferences for female sex worker services

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Hughes, Sara, Adhikari, Joanna and Goulding, Katharine 2021. Darker Deals? Male Dark Tetrad preferences for female sex worker services. Heliyon. 7 (7), pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07389
AuthorsHughes, Sara, Adhikari, Joanna and Goulding, Katharine
Abstract

The present study explored links between male Dark Tetrad personality traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism) and preferences for using outdoor and indoor female sex worker services. We also investigated the mediating effects of perceiving sex workers as deviant and as victims. Heterosexual males ( N = 347) were recruited to take part in an online survey investigating personality and attitudes towards female sex workers. Path analyses revealed that psychopathy and sadism positively predicted preferences for outdoor but not indoor female sex services. Sex worker choice mediated positive links between narcissism and outdoor female sex worker preferences. Compared to indoor, outdoor sex services are associated with increased aggression and violence. Our findings highlight the importance of considering narcissism and particularly psychopathy and sadism when investigating individual male preferences for outdoor sex services that are being offered by particularly vulnerable women.

KeywordsFemale sex services; Dark tetrad; Psychopathy; Narcissism; Machiavellianism; Sadism
Year2021
JournalHeliyon
Journal citation7 (7), pp. 1-4
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN2405-8440
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07389
Web address (URL)https://www.cell.com/heliyon/fulltext/S2405-8440(21)01492-4?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS2405844021014924%3Fshowall%3Dtrue
hdl:10545/625868
Output statusPublished
Publication dates23 Jun 2021
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Deposited09 Jul 2021, 16:19
Accepted21 Jun 2021
ContributorsSheffield Hallam University and University of Derby
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