Sex differences and sex similarities in disgust sensitivity
Joshua M Tybur et al.; 2011
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.