Anja Wertag

Anja Wertag
Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar

PhD

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Cilj je istraživanja bio ispitati povezanost i veličinu doprinosa socio-demografskih karakteristika sudionika, njihova iskustva i stavova objašnjenju procjena opasnosti, (ne)ubrojivosti i kazni počinitelja kaznenih djela (KD). Podaci su prikupljeni online, anketnim upitnikom na prigodnome uzorku od 257 punoljetnih sudionika prosječne dobi 29 godina...
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Problematic use of the Internet (PUI) generally refers to use of different types of Internet content which is not under control and leads to difficulties in everyday functioning. It involves generalised PUI but also specific forms such as problematic use of videogames, social media, and pornography. The main aim of this paper is to offer a basic re...
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This study aimed to further investigate the perceived attractiveness of the Dark Triad (DT) personality in different types of relationships (i.e. friendship, short-term and long-term relationship) controlling for basic personality traits from the HEXACO model. The participants were 167 female students (M = 20.82 years, SD = 1.54) who rated personal...
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The aim of this research (N = 268) was to explore several compelling candidates for the Dark Core of the broader set of dark and light traits by using network analysis and analyses of shared variance. Several previously proposed cores were tested: primary psychopathy, narcissistic rivalry, Honesty-Humility, Aggressiveness, Selfishness, Antagonism a...
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The aim of this research was to examine the mediating role of different types of empathy in explaining sex differences in the Dark Tetrad traits. Data were collected online, on a convenience sample of 144 students (age: M = 22.18, SD = 2.26, 43% male). The Dark Tetrad was measured using Short Dark Triad and The Assessment of Sadistic Personality, w...
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The role of individual differences in radicalization and extremism generally seems to be understudied. However, newer studies point out to the importance of including dark personality traits in assessment of radicalization and extremism. Therefore, this study aims at investigating the relationship between the Dark Triad traits and cognitive radical...
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The aim of this research was to examine the structure of the Dark Triad and Tetrad traits by answering the question whether a person-centered or a variable-centered approach is more suitable for their description, or its combination. Moreover, we examined whether the inclusion of sadism into the dark traits constellation would change the results. O...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate psychometric properties of three sadism scales: Short Sadistic Impulse Scale (SSIS), Varieties of Sadistic Tendencies (VAST, which measures direct and vicarious sadism), and Assessment of Sadistic Personality (ASP). Sample included 443 participants (50.1% men) from the general population. Reliability based on i...
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Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Croatia. Although some people seem to use cannabis without adverse consequences, widespread cannabis use still poses a significant burden on public health. The aim of this study was to determine which groups regarding cannabis use and attitudes exist in the Croatian general population and did preva...
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The aim of this research was to examine centrality and redundancy of the Dark Tetrad traits (psychopathy, Machiavellianism, narcissism, and sadism) using network analysis. The first sample (N = 546) was assessed using a short instrument, the second (N = 404) and the third (N = 410) samples were assessed with full instruments for the first three dar...
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Internet use has become an integral part of our lives. It provides a lot of benefits; however, excessive use can have serious consequences for one's well-being. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to explore well-being of heavy Internet users. Empirical research was conducted on 500 students of engineering, who were divided into groups based on t...
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The aim of this research was to study frequencies of playing live and digital games, and to test for gender differences, to identify the most frequently played games, and to explore association between well-being indicators and frequency of playing. We found low positive association between frequency of playing of live and digital games. Most frequ...
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Every day, people make quick, spontaneous and automatic appearance-based inferences of others. This is particularly true for social attributes, such as intelligence or attractiveness, but also aggression and criminality. There are also indications that certain personality traits, such as the dark traits (i.e. Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopat...
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Exposure to risky family environment during childhood affects diverse mental health outcomes in adulthood. Recent studies have found associations between narcissistic personality traits and retrospective accounts of early experiences. However, it is important to distinguish between two forms of narcissism: the grandiose (characterized by grandiosit...
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One of the most prominent models of psychopathy operationalizes this construct as consisting of four factors: interpersonal, affective, lifestyle and antisocial traits. These traits show different relationship patterns with other constructs, and these relations may differ in men and women. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the relati...
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Prosocial behavior is intended to benefit others rather than oneself and is positively linked to personality traits such as Agreeableness and Honesty-Humility, and usually negatively to the Dark Triad traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy). However, a significant proportion of the research in this area is conducted solely on s...
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Starting from the assumptions of triarchic psychopathy model, in the present study, we analyzed the associations between the triarchic psychopathy facets and distinct dimensions of empathy (i.e. cognitive and affective) and attachment (i.e. anxiety and avoidance). Data was collected on 602 students (311 male) with a mean age of 21 years (SD = 4.41)...
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We analyze various aspects of the "sense of place" concept in the littoral municipality of Okrug on the island of Čiovo near Trogir. Th e basis of our research is the diff erence in perceptions between permanent and temporary residents upon which we draw conclusions and policy implications. Th e research is embedded into a wider literature and poli...
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In the article we analyze the familiarity with the concept of ecosystem services, perceptions of their various dimensions and attitudes to them. The target respondents were employees working in public institutions responsible for public health, tourism and environment and/or nature protection. Drawing on the COST project ToBeWell, a questionnaire w...
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We analyze various aspects of the "sense of place" concept in the littoral municipality of Okrug on the island of Giovo near Trogir. The basis of our research is the difference in perceptions between permanent and temporary residents upon which we draw conclusions and policy implications. The research is embedded into a wider literature and policy...
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Prosocial behaviour covers a broad range of actions that are intended to benefit others rather than oneself, thus forming different types of prosocial tendencies which are linked to different individual characteristics. Moreover, there are some gender differences in the types of prosocial behaviour that males and females engage in. Therefore, the a...
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The aim of this study was to analyze the contribution of the Dark Triad (psychopathy, Machiavellianism and narcissism) over HEXACO traits in explanation of two functions of aggression – reactive and proactive aggression. Given the mixed results about gender differences in adult aggression, the relations between aggression and dark and basic persona...
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Internet use has become an integral part of our lives. It provides a lot of benefits; however, excessive use can have serious consequences for one’s well-being. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to explore well-being of heavy Internet users. Empirical research was conducted on 500 students of engineering, who were divided into groups based on...
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The main goals of this research were to explore the relationship between music preferences, Schwartz's personal values and Dark Triad traits, as well as to investigate whether there are stereotypes on listeners of specific musical genres. There were 510 participants, Croatian students, in the first part of the research, focused on exploring the men...
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The Empathy Quotient (EQ, Baron-Cohen & Wheelwright, 2004) measures empathy as an ability to identify what someone else is thinking and feeling, and to respond to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion. Although the questionnaire was developed in order to be sensitive to empathy deficits as a part of psychopathology, it is often us...
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Personality traits have been identified as the important predictors of psychological distress. Recent findings suggest that one of the most popular personality models, the Big Five model, does not fully account for all the individual differences in personality functioning. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate relations between negati...
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There are many reasons people engage in helping behaviors. Some dispositional determinants of these behaviors include personality traits like Agreeableness and Honesty-Humility, as well as dispositional empathy. Moreover, there is certain evidence that even so called the Dark Triad traits (i.e. Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy) can be r...
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Prosocial behavior includes a broad range of actions intended to benefit others rather than oneself. Determinants of prosocial behavior can be both situational and dispositional. The most pronounced dispositional determinants of prosocial behavior among personality traits are Agreeableness form the Five Factor model and, even more, Honesty-Humility...
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Prosocial behavior covers the broad range of actions intended to benefit others rather than oneself. Research related to dispositional determinants of prosocial behavior showed that the best predictor of prosocial behavior is personality trait Honesty-Humility (HH) represented in the HEXACO model. The low pole of the HH was found to be essentially...
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The Dark Triad (DT) represents a constellation of three personality traits: Machiavellianism, narcissism and subclinical psychopathy that share a number of socially destructive characteristics. Although social insensitivity (i.e. low empathy) is characteristic of all three dimensions of DT, research on the relationship between empathy and DT is rel...
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The Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI) is a recently developed measure for assessing grandiose and vulnerable themes of narcissistic pathology. The aim of this study was to validate the PNI in the transitional post-war Croatian society by examining its psychometric properties and factor structure in a sample of Croatian university students (N=...
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Personality traits are documented as one of the best predictors of subjective well-being. While the relation between some personality traits and life satisfaction has been intensively investigated, research regarding some is still scarce. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between life satisfaction and the Dark Tri...
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The goal of this paper was to explore whether sensation seeking and anger exert a direct and/or an indirect effect on adolescent lifetime cannabis and inhalant use through substance abusing peers. In addition, the purpose was to explore whether direct effects of these two personality factors are dependent on gender. Analyzed data were collected in...
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For the past decade, the interest in so-called “dark personalities” is expanding. The Dark Triad (i.e. Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy) framework represents correlated subclinical personality traits that capture these socially aversive personality traits. Although the number of papers on Dark Triad is large, only a few studies examined...
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The Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI) is a multidimensional measure of pathological narcissism, developed by Pincus et al. (2009). The aim of this study was to provide psychometric support for the Croatian adaptation of the PNI. More specifically, we wanted to examine reliability, as well as factorial and construct validity of the PNI in Croa...
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Machiavellianism describes a set of interpersonal tactics and beliefs regarding human nature. Even though the theoretical concept implies multidimensionality, it was usually operationalized as an unidimensional construct. Whereas psychometric analyses and recent conceptualizations of the construct suggest a multidimensional approach, the aim of thi...
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The relationship between perceived parental acceptance-rejection and drug use was examined, separately for boys and girls. The sample included 572 high school students (318 boys and 254 girls ; age range: 14-19 years) from Zagreb, Croatia. Parental behavior was assessed via short form of the Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire- Child Versio...
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U knjizi je prikazana metodologija i rezultati znanstveno- istraživačkog projekta Zlouporaba sredstava ovisnosti u općoj populaciji Republike Hrvatske, čiji je osnovni cilj bio prikupiti podatke o prevalenciji konzumacije različitih sredstava ovisnosti u općoj populaciji kao i u relevantnim subgrupama populacije. Koncepcija istraživanja temeljila s...
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This report contains methodology and results of the first research on the extent and patterns of substance use in the general population of the Republic of Croatia. The aim of the research was to collect data on the prevalence of use of different types of substances amongst the general population as well as relevant population sub- groups. Research...
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This study investigated the relationship between parental acceptance-rejection and adolescent drug abuse. The research was carried out in Zagreb, Croatia among 572 high school students (318 boys and 254 girls), aged between 14 and 19 years. Adolescents completed Rohner’s Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (Mother and Father version) and se...
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Measures Risky sexual behavior was measured with a subscale of Youth Self-Reported Delinquency and Risk Behaviors Questionnaire (SRDP-2007; Ručević, Ajduković and Šincek, 2009). Subscale consists of 4 items for which participants have to state how many times in their lifetime have they behaved in a described way on a five-point scale: 0 = never (0)...
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The aim of the present study is to identify risk factors for adolescent risky sexual behavior, and whether these factors differ for boys and girls. Also, the aim is to present prevalence of risky sexual behavior of adolescent boys ad girls. The research was carried out among 572 high school students (318 boys and 254 girls) in Zagreb. Risky sexual...
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Obitelj zauzima značajno mjesto u etiološkim objašnjenjima društveno neprihvatljivog ponašanja djece, što je razumljivo obzirom na socijalizacijske funkcije obitelji u razvoju vrijednosti, stavova, normi i mnogih drugih aspekata ponašanja i ličnosti. Od svih aspekata obiteljskog života, roditeljsko ponašanje u istraživanjima se pokazalo kao jedan o...
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Ciljevi okruglog stola: • naznačiti širi društveno-ekonomski kontekst posredovanja masmedijskog nasilja djeci ; • ukazati na izloženost djece nasilju u televizijskom programu tijekom dana i u ranim večernjim satima ; • pozvati se na članak Pravobraniteljice za djecu (http://www.dijete.hr/?nav=1&child=news, 1, 345, 1) o označavanju djeci neprimjeren...
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Within a study curriculum, a group of senior students on faculty of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb, conducted content analysis to determine frequency and characteristics of violence (types of aggression as well as types of aggressive acts in presented shows) on Croatian national television. Analysis undertook 7 days (13.-19.02.2006.), betwe...

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The ReMO COST Action focuses on wellbeing and mental health within academia, a theme of strategic importance for the European Research Area. Previous research shows that low levels of wellbeing and mental health problems have a negative impact on individual, team and organizational performance, triggering significant costs. In addition, institutional context, organizational structure and culture, as well as managerial practices have significant impact on wellbeing and health of employees. Therefore, general insights on the causes of workplace wellbeing and mental health need to be refined with contextual specifics (i.e. in academia) in order to develop tailored, effective and efficient prevention and action programs.
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The research aims to provide more specific information on the precise relationship between life stress exposure and psychological problems in adolescents (15-17 years old), as well as the biological processes underlying these effects. In addition, this research will consider a number of other factors that may moderate the relationship between life stress and psychological problems as part of a four-wave longitudinal study over two years.
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The aim of this project is to analyze how problematic Internet use is presented in Croatian print media (newspapers and magazines).