The Link Between Personality and Offending: The Role of Antisocial Cognitions




Garcia, Dulce D.

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Although a robust relationship between personality and offending exists (Jones et al., 2011), exactly how personality traits are translated into antisocial behavior has been scarcely examined (Miller & Lyman, 2001). The current study focused on the domains from the Big Five model of personality to examine the extent to which the relationship between personality traits and offending was mediated by antisocial cognitions. Using a sample of high school students, results indicated that both Agreeableness and Conscientiousness exerted direct effects on self-reported offending, as well as indirect effects through antisocial cognitions. These findings suggest that one mechanism by which traits lead to behavior is through higher endorsement of cognitions that serve to neutralize or minimize the negative impacts that can stem from offending.



antisocial cognitions, antisocial behavior, big five model of personality, Honors College


Garcia, D. D. (2021). The link between personality and offending: The role of antisocial cognitions (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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