Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Research Sponsor

Dr. Tokar

First Reader

Dr. Kaut

Second Reader

Dr. Levant


With the influx of research into the "dark" personality traits, as well as the prevalence of sexual assault and rape, specifically on college campuses, it has become important to explore the possible relationships between the Dark Tetrad of personality (i.e., sub-clinical levels of narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and sadism) and rape myth acceptance. This study was an extension of a prior study by Jonason, Girgis, and Milne-Home (2017) looking at these traits, without sadism, and rape myth acceptance. Positive relationships between each of the Dark Tetrad traits and each rape myth were found, with the strongest correlation being between sadism and the "It Wasn't Really Rape" rape myth. The Dark Tetrad as a whole was found to be a significant predictor for all subscales, except for the "He Didn't Do It" rape myth. This research adds to the wealth of research into dark personality traits and rape myths and provides a more compelling link between the two.