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Image Based Sexual Abuse proclivity and victim blaming: The role of dark personality traits and moral disengagement

Pina, Afroditi, Bell, Alisha, Griffin, Kimberley, Vasquez, Eduardo A. (2021) Image Based Sexual Abuse proclivity and victim blaming: The role of dark personality traits and moral disengagement. Onati Socio-Legal Series, 11 (5). pp. 1179-1197. ISSN 2079-5971. (doi:10.35295/OSLS.IISL/0000-0000-0000-1213) (KAR id:92132)

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Image Based Sexual Abuse (IBSA) denotes the creation, distribution, and/or threat of distribution of intimate images of another person online without their consent. The present study aims to extend emerging research on perpetration of IBSA with the development and preliminary validation for the moral disengagement in IBSA scale, while also examining the role of the dark triad, sadism, and sexism in a person’s likelihood to perpetrate IBSA. One hundred and twenty English speaking participants (76 women, 44 men; mean age=33 years) were recruited via social media. Machiavellianism and psychopathy were found to predict IBSA proclivity, whilst rivalry narcissism predicted greater feelings of excitement and amusement towards IBSA. Moral disengagement predicted IBSA proclivity and blaming the victim. It was also positively related to greater feelings of amusement and excitement towards IBSA. This suggests a distinct personality profile of IBSA perpetrators, and that moral disengagement mechanisms play a role in facilitating and reinforcing this behaviour.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.35295/OSLS.IISL/0000-0000-0000-1213
Uncontrolled keywords: Image Based Sexual Abuse; IBSA; perpetrators; moral disengagement; dark tetrad
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Afroditi Pina
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2021 23:26 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 11:20 UTC
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