Relationship between dark triad personality traits and work values among athletes

  • Gokhan Caliskan
  • Arif ÖzerEmail author


The purpose of this study was to review the relationship between dark personality traits and work values in athletes. In total, 261 athletes from various universities in Turkey (179 male and 82 female) voluntarily participated in this study. The participants were administered two scales: the Turkish versions of the Work Values Inventory and the Dark Triad Dirty Dozen. Canonical correlation analysis was used to explore the correlations among variables in the work values and dark personality datasets. The results revealed a negative correlation between work values and the presence of dark personality characteristics. Creativity and achievement were key variables with the largest contribution to the first canonical root in the work values set. Similarly, the variables with the largest contribution to the first canonical root in the dark personality set were Machiavellianism and psychopathy. In addition, achievement and prestige in the work values set and narcissism and psychopathy in the dark personality set were correlated with the second canonical root. While creativity and achievement were negatively correlated with Machiavellianism and psychopathy, narcissism was positively related to prestige and achievement.


Work values Personality Narcissism Machiavellianism Psychopathy Canonical correlation 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent forms were signed by all the participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physical Education and SportsIgdir UniversityIgdirTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of Education, Department of Educational SciencesHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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