Dark triad, Moral Disengagement and Aggression in Income Tax Employees

 Zunaira khan (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Afshi Yahya Khan

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between dark triad, moral disengagement and aggression in income tax employees. Correlational research design was used in present study. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between dark triad, moral disengagement and aggression in income tax employees. Moreover, it was also hypothesized that dark triad would predict aggression among income tax employees and moral disengagement would mediate the relationship between dark triad and aggression in income tax employees. The sample comprised of 150 income tax employees (N = 150) including both men and women, with age range of 25-40 years (M = 34.1, SD = 5.79). The demographic sheet, Dark Triad of Personality-D3 short (Paulhus, 2013), Moral Disengagement Measure (Moore, 2012) and The Buss and Perry Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992) were used to assess the relationship between study variables. The results showed significant relationship between the study variables dark triad (narcissism and psychopathy), moral disengagement and aggression. Furthermore, dark triad significantly predicted moral disengagement and aggression. Moral disengagement significantly predicted aggression. Mediation analysis showed moral disengagement as a strong mediator between dark triad and aggression. This research study has important implications in the organizational settings and can be used to identify and monitor predictors of moral disengagement and aggression.

Keywords: Dark triad, moral disengagement, aggression.

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