Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Joye Anestis

Advisor Department



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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