EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 11, Special Issue 1, 2019
Dark Parenting: Parents Who Score as High in the Dark Triad Demonstrate Sub-Optimal Parenting Styles
Geher, G., Di Santo, J. M., Planke, J. A., Durso, G., Goldstein, A., Akmadi, F., Griffin, M., Primavera, N. J., Rausch, Z. M., Rodriguez, K., Thomson, G., & Weintraub, J.
The Dark Triad of personality, including the traits of Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism, have been shown to strongly predict a broad array of social and behavioral outcomes—particularly in the domain of mating. From an evolutionary perspective, the parenting domain of life is just as critical as is the mating domain: Parenting behaviors bear directly on long-term reproductive success. In spite of this fact, little past research has examined the relationship between the Dark Triad and parenting behaviors. We administered a measure of the Dark Triad along with three different parenting style measures to 251 parents (211 women, 39 men; mean age = 39.15, SD = 9.63). Participants also completed a measure of the Big Five personality scale and adult attachment styles. Analyses revealed that each facet of the Dark Triad was predictive of at least one of the non-authoritative parenting styles (including neglectful/uninvolved). Implications regarding the social psychology of parenting are discussed.
How to cite this article:
Geher, G., Di Santo, J. M., Planke, J. A., Durso, G., Goldstein, A., Akmadi, F., Griffin, M., Primavera, N. J., Rausch, Z. M., Rodriguez, K., Thomson, G., & Weintraub, J. (2020). Dark parenting: Parents who score as high in the dark triad demonstrate sub-optimal parenting styles. The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 11, Sp. Iss. (1), 116-143.