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Sensational interests, mating effort, and personality: evidence for cross-cultural validity.

Egan, Vincent, Figueredo, Aurelio José, Wolf, Pedro, McBride, Kara, Sefcek, Jon, Vasquez, Geneva and Charles, Kathy E (2005) Sensational interests, mating effort, and personality: evidence for cross-cultural validity. Journal of Individual Differences, 26 (1). pp. 11-19. ISSN 1614 0001

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We assessed whether violent or macabre interests ("sensational interests") were related to mating effort and a higher-order personality construct reflecting the combined features of higher Extraversion, lower Psychoticism, and lower Neuroticism in 1,321 participants from English-speaking (Tucson, Arizona, and Glasgow, Scotland) and Spanish-speaking (Hermosillo, Mexico, and Talca, Chile) communities. Participants from Spanish-speaking communities generally had more sensational interests. Mating effort was positively related to sensational interests, though the relationship was slightly weaker in Spanish-speaking communities. Personality effects were modest and entirely moderated by language; personality was negatively related to sensational interests in English-speaking communities, but positively associated to sensational interests in Spanish-speaking communities. These findings suggest that the relationship between mating effort and sensational interests is universal and reflects general intrasexual competition, whereas the relationship between personality and sensational interests is more culture-specific

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1614 0001
Electronic ISSN: 2151-2299
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mating effort; Personality; Cross-cultural validity; Sensational interests; Adolescence; Gender;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 302 Social interaction
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 364 Criminology
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 300 Social sciences
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Item ID: 2253
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2008 15:22
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 10:29
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2253

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