ERIC Number: ED413565
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Publication Date: 1997-Oct-17
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The Two Faces of Narcissism and Adolescent Mental Health.
Aalsma, Matthew C.; Varshney, Nicole M.; Arens, Daniel; Lapsley, Daniel K.
This paper describes a study that examined the relationship between two forms of adolescent narcissism and indicators of self-worth (positive adjustment and psychopathology) in a sample of 561 adolescents. School structure, academic performance, and school participation were also examined and mental health functioning was assessed by measures of internalizing and externalizing symptoms, assessments of self-worth, and measures of adjustment. Results show that males were more narcissistic than females on the narcissism factors Exploitativeness, Authority, Superiority, Vanity. Superiority and Exhibitionism emerged as two clear forms of narcissism with differential predictions of academic performance and mental health outcomes. Vanity and Authority were also positively related to mental health. Although narcissism was unrelated to school structure and school participation, 8th-graders who attended schools with a 7th-8th grade structure showed a number of adaptational advantages over 8th-graders attending schools with K-8 and 1-12 structures. The findings show that adolescent narcissism is a multidimensional construct which shows differential patterns of correlations with indices of adjustment and psychopathology. (RJM)
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