The Adaptation of the Short Dark Triad Personality Measure - Psychometric Properties of a German Sample

Marta Malesza , Paweł Ostaszewski , Susanne Büchner , Magdalena Claudia Kaczmarek


This research was designed to adapt and investigate the psychometric properties of the Short Dark Triad measure (Jones and Paulhus Assessment, 21(1), 28-41, 2014) in a German sample within four studies (total N = 1463); the measure evaluates three personality dimensions: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. The structure of the instrument was analysed by Confirmatory Factor Analyses procedure. It indicated that the three-factor structure had the best fit to the data. Next, the Short Dark Triad measure was evaluated in terms of construct, convergent and discriminant validity, internal consistency (≥ .72), and test-retest reliability during a 4-week period (≥ .73). Concurrent validity of the SD3 was supported by relating its subscales to measures of the Big Five concept, aggression, and self-esteem. We concluded that the Short Dark Triad instrument presented high cross-language replicability. The use of this short inventory in the investigation of the Dark Triad personality model in the German language context is suggested.
Author Marta Malesza
Marta Malesza,,
, Paweł Ostaszewski (Wydział Psychologii)
Paweł Ostaszewski,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Susanne Büchner
Susanne Büchner,,
, Magdalena Claudia Kaczmarek
Magdalena Claudia Kaczmarek,,
Journal seriesCurrent Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, e-ISSN 1936-4733, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.3
Keywords in EnglishShort dark triad, SD3, Adaptation, Reliability, Validity
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.736; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.28 (2) - 2017=1.165 (5)
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