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Honors College Thesis
The present study investigated the established relationship between narcissistic personality traits and aggression (e.g., Barnet & Powell, 2016; Baumeister et al., 2000; Bushman & Baumeister, 1998). Specifically, the study aimed to understand this relationship in a more nuanced fashion and proposed that 1) the relationship is indirect through self-esteem (mediation) and 2) the relationship is stronger in males than in females (moderation). Participants were 269 undergraduate students from the University of Southern Mississippi. A battery of self-report measures [Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI; Raskin & Terry, 1988), Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI; Pincus et al., 2009), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES; Rosenberg, 1965), and Reactive-Proactive Aggression Questionnaire (RPQ; Raine, Dodge, Loeber, Gatzke-Kopp, Lynam, Reynolds, Stouthamer-Loeber, & Liu, 2006)] was administered online to participants. Results suggest that low self-esteem mediated the relationship between narcissism and aggression, but only as measured by the NPI. The gender moderation hypothesis was not supported. These findings suggest a pathway for predicting aggression in individuals high in narcissistic personality traits through self-esteem.
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Junearick, Regis S., "Understanding Narcissistic Personality Traits and Aggression: The Roles of Self-Esteem and Gender" (2017). Honors Theses. 510.