Date of Award

Summer 8-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Dr. Christopher T. Barry

Committee Chair Department

Psychology

Committee Member 2

Dr. Bradley Green

Committee Member 2 Department

Psychology

Committee Member 3

Dr. Randolph Arnau

Committee Member 3 Department

Psychology

Committee Member 4

Dr. Donald Sacco

Committee Member 4 Department

Psychology

Abstract

Adolescent narcissism has been extensively linked with aggression, but its relation with more positive behavioral correlates has been largely overlooked in the literature. Some research has investigated the divergent adaptive and maladaptive personality and behavioral correlates of non-pathological and pathological (i.e., grandiose, vulnerable) narcissism (Barry & Kauten, 2014; Barry & Wallace, 2010). This study sought to replicate previous findings that pathological narcissism is linked to self-reported prosocial behavior (Kauten & Barry, 2014) and further investigated the relation of self-reported narcissism with self-, parent-, and peer-reported prosocial behavior in a sample of 212 adolescents (M age = 16.8 years, SD = .77; 175 males, 34 females, 3 missing gender data). The present study also sought to examine the potential moderating effect of emotional and social intelligence on the relations between narcissism and prosocial behavior. Social intelligence moderated the relation between grandiose narcissism and self-reported ideal volunteer hours, and several interesting correlations were evident among the various dimensions of narcissism and informant ratings of prosocial behavior. For example, non-pathological narcissism demonstrated a positive relation with parent-reported prosocial behavior, and vulnerable narcissism showed a positive relation with self-reported prosocial behavior and an inverse relation with peer-reported prosocial behavior. Grandiose narcissism was positively related to both self- and parent-reported prosocial behavior. The implications of the findings are discussed.

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