Nonpathological and pathological narcissism: which self-reported characteristics are most problematic in adolescents?

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Journal of personality assessment, ISSN: 1532-7752, Vol: 96, Issue: 2, Page: 212-9

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Barry, Christopher T.; Kauten, Rebecca L.
Informa UK Limited
Psychology; Medicine; Environmental Science; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Prior research indicates that dimensions of adolescent narcissism differ in their associations with indicators of positive and negative psychological functioning (e.g., Barry, Frick, Adler, & Grafeman, 2007 ; Barry & Wallace, 2010 ). This study investigated correlates of 2 empirically derived factors of adolescent narcissism (i.e., pathological and nonpathological narcissism) from 2 measures thought to differ based on their inclusion of pathological versus nonpathological content. In a sample of 188 at-risk adolescents ages 16 to 18, pathological narcissism was associated with various indicators of maladjustment, including aggression, low self-esteem, internalizing problems, and poor perceived interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, nonpathological narcissism was positively associated with self-esteem and aggression but negatively associated with internalizing problems. The implications for the conceptualization of adolescent narcissism are discussed.