The Relation Between Adolescent Narcissism and Internalizing Problems Depends on the Conceptualization of Narcissism
Recent research has reported an association between narcissism in youth and a variety of externalizing behavior problems. The extent to which narcissism, conceptualized in two ways (i.e., as part of psychopathy; as a constellation of maladaptive and adaptive features), was related to internalizing problems in adolescents was examined in this study. Participants were 534 at-risk adolescents ages 16-19, attending a military-style residential program. Psychopathy-linked narcissism was positively associated with self-reported internalizing problems: however, narcissism assessed from the Narcissistic Personality Inventory for Children (NPIC: Barry, Frick, & Killian, 2003) was negatively associated with such symptoms. Perceptions of peer relationships appeared to play a role in this latter association. The implications for the understanding of youth narcissism are discussed. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Journal of Research in Personality
Barry, C. T.,
Malkin, M. L.
(2010). The Relation Between Adolescent Narcissism and Internalizing Problems Depends on the Conceptualization of Narcissism. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(6), 684-690.
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