Sex differences and sex similarities in disgust sensitivity

Joshua M. Tybur, Angela D. Bryan, Debra Lieberman, Ann E. Caldwell Hooper, Leslie A. Merriman

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Abstract

Across two studies, we test for sex differences in the factor structure, factor loadings, concurrent validity, and means of the Three Domain Disgust Scale. In Study 1, we find that the Three Domain Disgust Scale has indistinguishable factor structure and factor loadings for men and women. In Study 2, we find a small sex difference in sensitivity to pathogen and moral disgust and a large sex difference in sensitivity to sexual disgust, with women more sensitive to disgust across domains. However, correlations between Three Domain Disgust Scale factors and the five factors and 30 facets of the NEO Personality Inventory were indistinguishable between the sexes. These findings suggest that, despite mean sex differences in disgust sensitivity, the Three Domain Disgust Scale measures similar constructs in men and women. Implications for understanding the constructs measured by the Three Domain Disgust Scale are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • Disgust Sensitivity
  • Emotions
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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