Title

Variables associated with attraction to individuals with psychopathic traits

Abstract

The aim of this research was to identify differences in personality that correlate with attraction to potentially psychopathic individuals. A sample of 587 (437 female) undergraduate psychology students at the University of Central Florida were recruited for participation. The participants were presented with a fictional dating profile of a psychopathic individual of the other sex. Participants were asked to rate their attraction to the individual portrayed in the dating profile, and proceeded to complete a series of personality instruments. Data was analyzed using a multiple regression analysis at a 0.05 confidence interval. High levels of attraction were significantly predicted by scores on psychopathy, need for affiliation, empathy, and impulsivity.

Notes

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Thesis Completion

2009

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Fisher, Randy

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Degree Program

Psychology

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0022357

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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