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The darker side of personality : Narcissism predicts moral disengagement and antisocial behavior in sport. / Jones, Benjamin; Woodman, Tim; Barlow, Matthew; Roberts, Ross.

In: Sport Psychologist, Vol. 31, No. 2, 30.06.2017, p. 109-116.

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Jones, Benjamin ; Woodman, Tim ; Barlow, Matthew ; Roberts, Ross. / The darker side of personality : Narcissism predicts moral disengagement and antisocial behavior in sport. In: Sport Psychologist. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 2. pp. 109-116.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - The darker side of personality

T2 - Narcissism predicts moral disengagement and antisocial behavior in sport

AU - Jones, Benjamin

AU - Woodman, Tim

AU - Barlow, Matthew

AU - Roberts, Ross

N1 - as accepted for publication

PY - 2017/6/30

Y1 - 2017/6/30

N2 - Despite a plethora of research on moral disengagement and antisocial behavior, there is a dearth of literature that explores personality in the context of these undesirable attitudes and behaviors. We provide the first examination of personality, specifically narcissism, as a predictor of moral disengagement and antisocial behavior in sport. Given that narcissism is negatively related to empathy and positively related to feelings of entitlement, it is more likely for narcissists to disengage morally and to behave antisocially. We thus hypothesized that narcissism would predict antisocial behavior via moral disengagement. Across 12 team contact sports (n = 272), bootstrapped mediation analyses confirmed this indirect effect, which remained significant when controlling for motivational climate, social desirability, sex and sport type. Coaches and practitioners would do well to consider the darker side of personality in targeting moral disengagement and its behavioral consequences in team sports.

AB - Despite a plethora of research on moral disengagement and antisocial behavior, there is a dearth of literature that explores personality in the context of these undesirable attitudes and behaviors. We provide the first examination of personality, specifically narcissism, as a predictor of moral disengagement and antisocial behavior in sport. Given that narcissism is negatively related to empathy and positively related to feelings of entitlement, it is more likely for narcissists to disengage morally and to behave antisocially. We thus hypothesized that narcissism would predict antisocial behavior via moral disengagement. Across 12 team contact sports (n = 272), bootstrapped mediation analyses confirmed this indirect effect, which remained significant when controlling for motivational climate, social desirability, sex and sport type. Coaches and practitioners would do well to consider the darker side of personality in targeting moral disengagement and its behavioral consequences in team sports.

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DO - 10.1123/tsp.2016-0007

M3 - Article

VL - 31

SP - 109

EP - 116

JO - Sport Psychologist

JF - Sport Psychologist

SN - 0888-4781

IS - 2

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