The mediating role of social dominance orientation between dark tetrad personalities and hazing behaviors in college students
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This study investigated whether dark tetrad personalities (psychopathy, machiavellianism, narcissism, and sadism) can predict hazing behaviors, whether Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) has a mediating role between these variables, and whether group cooperation level and personal role in a group can also predict hazing behaviors. For this project, 416 students at Texas State University were recruited via the Human Subjects Pool webpage created by the Department of Psychology. These participants completed an online survey including scales for the previously mentioned variables. Statistical analyses showed that males tended to favor more severe hazing behaviors than females and that the level of group cooperation also predicted hazing severity. Furthermore, SDO did not act as a mediator between dark personalities and hazing behaviors. However, machiavellianism, sadism, and SDO predicted severe hazing. Lastly, machiavellianism and sadism acted as moderators in the relation between SDO and hazing behaviors while controlling for the effects of gender and group cooperation. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.