The Revised Assessment of Sadistic Personality (ASP-8): Evidence for Validity across Four Countries

Rachel A. Plouffe (Lead / Corresponding author), Christopher Marcin Kowalski, Kostas A. Papageorgiou, Bojana M. Dinić, Elena Artamonova, Neil Dagnall, Andrew Denovan, Foteini Maria Gianniou, Theodoros Kyriazos, Donald H. Saklofske, Anastassios Stalikas

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Subclinical sadism, characterized by infliction of cruelty, aggression, or humiliation on another for subjugation or pleasure, provides important information in the prediction of aversive behaviors that have implications for individuals’ and society’s well-being worldwide. Given sadism’s universal relevance, it is imperative that researchers ensure valid and reliable trait measurement not only among English-speaking individuals, but also cross-nationally among countries in which sadism remains relatively understudied. The objective of the current research was to validate the revised version of the Assessment of Sadistic Personality (ASP-8) (Plouffe et al., 2017) across samples of Russian (n = 1087, M age = 37.36, SD = 10.36), Greek (n = 1195, M age = 35.64, SD age = 13.08), Serbian (n = 443, M age = 28.10, SD age = 6.60), and British (n = 511, M age = 28.50, SD age = 11.62) adults. Overall, results supported the reliability, dimensionality, and scalar/partial scalar measurement invariance of the ASP-8 across cross-national samples. Convergent and discriminant validity were mostly supported through correlations with general personality traits, the Dark Triad, emotional intelligence, mental toughness, depression, anxiety, stress, satisfaction with life, aggression, and attitudes toward social groups. Based on our findings, we recommend the use of the ASP-8 in future investigations of aversive traits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number2
Early online date12 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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