Vol. 23 No. 2 (2020)

Research on persons the organized crime with the Dark Triad Questionnaire

Published 09/10/2020


  • Machiavellianism,
  • narcissism,
  • psychopathy,
  • convicted from the organized crime,
  • Dark Triad,
  • prisoners
  • ...More

How to Cite

MADZHAROV, E., & ANDONOVA-TSVETANOVA, Y. (2020). Research on persons the organized crime with the Dark Triad Questionnaire. Psychological Research (in the Balkans), 23(2). Retrieved from https://journalofpsychology.org/index.php/1/article/view/53


The report presents for the first time in Bulgaria a psychological characteristic of convicted
persons from the organized crime, who are subject to effective punishment by imprisonment with the help
of the main scales of the Dark Triad questionnaire.

For the purposes of the empirical research, the short version of the Dark Triad questionnaire was used,
with 27 statements, 9 items each, of the personality characteristics studied: Machiavellianism, narcissism
and psychopathy.

The statistical processing of empirical data with SPSS includes frequency analysis, comparison of the Dark Triad average values with data of the convictions, the education and the age, as well as the calculation of Pierson‘s correlation coefficient. 30 convicted men were surveyed, 20 of whom were firsttime convicts, and 10 of the prisoners examined had two or more convictions. Of these, 56.6% were over 35 years of age.

Under the conditions of penitential isolation, forced cohabitation and total control, such as those in the
places of imprisonment, narcissism and psychopathy manifestations in the behaviour of the convicted are
limited and they are indirectly realized through Machiavellianism and the manipulative scenarios inherent
to it. The increase in the age of prisoners from organized crime further strengthens this trend.

The results of the study enrich the views on the psychological characteristics of offenders from
organized crime, which are important for the police and penitentiary activities implemented on them.


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