The Associations of Adolescent Invulnerability and Narcissism With Problem Behaviors
This study examined the correlations between invulnerability, narcissism, self-esteem, delinquency, and aggression in a sample of at-risk adolescents. Participants were 213, 16-18 year-olds (169 male, 44 female). As expected, narcissism and invulnerability were related to delinquency and aggression. However, maladaptive narcissism predicted unique variance in delinquency and relational aggression. A negative effect for self-esteem emerged for predicting delinquency when controlling for narcissism and perceived invulnerability. The distributions of narcissism and invulnerability indicated that these constructs may not, as a rule, be elevated in such youth. Some preliminary implications for the role of these variables in adolescent problem behaviors are presented. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Personality and Individual Differences
Barry, C. T.,
Pickard, J. D.,
Ansel, L. L.
(2009). The Associations of Adolescent Invulnerability and Narcissism With Problem Behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(6), 577-582.
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