The Dark Triad of Personality: Attitudes and Beliefs towards White-Collar Crime

Bethany Amos, Nicholas Longpré, Melissa de Roos

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Studies have identified the Dark Triad as a predictor of crime. White-Collar Crime (WCC) costs billions of estimated losses and has significant consequences for businesses, employees and consumers. Despite this, research on the Dark Triad and WCC is scarce. This study aimed to explore the relationship between the Dark Triad and WCC. Analyses, which were conducted on a sample of 157 participants, revealed significant relationships between subclinical psychopathy (disinhibition and meanness), narcissism, and attitudes and beliefs towards WCC. Sub-components of the Dark Triad do not have the same predictive powers. These findings have several implications, ranging from exploring which personality traits can predict potential predispositions towards WCC, to offering a much-needed empirical foundation in the development of effective prevention strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalJournal of White Collar and Corporate Crime
Early online date17 Aug 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Aug 2022


  • Dark Triad
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Subclinical Personality Traits
  • Corporate Crime


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