Psychopathy, aggression, and cheating behavior: A test of the Cheater–Hawk hypothesis
Psychopathy, Indirect aggression, Academic dishonesty, Relational aggression, Cheating
According to Book and Quinsey (2004), the Cheater–Hawk hypothesis adequately explains the use of both cheating behavior and aggression in psychopaths. This study aimed to test this hypothesis by examining the association between primary and secondary psychopathy, cheating behavior, indirect aggression (also called relational aggression), and direct aggression using a non-institutionalized sample of University students. Primary psychopathy was related to cheating behavior, indirect and direct aggression, showing support for the Cheater–Hawk hypothesis. However, secondary psychopathy was only related to direct and indirect aggression. Primary psychopathy was also better predicted by indirect aggression, while secondary psychopathy was better predicted by direct aggression. As a whole the results partially support the Cheater–Hawk hypothesis, but appear to depend on the type of psychopathy and the type of aggression measured.
Original Publication Citation
Coyne, S. M., & *Thomas, T. J. (2008). Psychopathy, aggression, and cheating behavior: A test of the Cheater-Hawk hypothesis. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 1105-1115.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Coyne, Sarah and Thomas, Tiffany J., "Psychopathy, aggression, and cheating behavior: A test of the Cheater–Hawk hypothesis" (2008). All Faculty Publications. 2362.
Personality and Individual Differences
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