The aetiology of non-clinical narcissism: Clarifying the role of adverse childhood experiences and parental overvaluation

Nguyen, Kim Thy, and Shaw, Lauren (2020) The aetiology of non-clinical narcissism: Clarifying the role of adverse childhood experiences and parental overvaluation. Personality and Individual Differences, 154. 109615.

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This research investigated the unique contribution of adverse childhood experiences (psychoanalytic theory) and parental overvaluation (social learning theory) in the development of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism in adults (N = 263). Multiple linear regressions revealed that, as expected, adverse childhood experiences, but not parental overvaluation, predicted vulnerable narcissism while parental overvaluation, but not adverse childhood experiences, predicted grandiose narcissism. Albeit, predictive effects were small in all analyses. Further analyses revealed that 1) adverse childhood experiences significantly predicted vulnerable narcissism over and above the effects of past mental health disorders; and, 2) correlation patterns of the Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire subscales were positively associated with vulnerable narcissism, but negatively associated with grandiose narcissism. Combined, these findings strengthen the two-type model of narcissism and have implications for both research and society at macro and individual levels.

Item ID: 75516
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-3549
Keywords: Aetiology narcissism, Grandiose narcissism, Self-report adverse childhood experiences, Self-report parental overvaluation, Vulnerable narcissism
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 01:02
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 80%
20 HEALTH > 2099 Other health > 209999 Other health not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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