ERIC Number: EJ854147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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The Predictive Utility of Narcissism among Children and Adolescents: Evidence for a Distinction between Adaptive and Maladaptive Narcissism
Barry, Christopher T.; Frick, Paul J.; Adler, Kristy K.; Grafeman, Sarah J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n4 p508-521 Aug 2007
We examined the predictive utility of narcissism among a community sample of children and adolescents (N=98) longitudinally. Analyses focused on the differential utility between maladaptive and adaptive narcissism for predicting later delinquency. Maladaptive narcissism significantly predicted self-reported delinquency at one-, two-, and three-year follow-ups. This pattern held even when considering other intrapersonal risk factors for conduct problems (i.e., callous-unemotional traits, impulsivity), parenting practices, and when controlling for earlier conduct problems. In addition, adaptive narcissism was predictive of delinquency in the absence of positive parenting practices, with maladaptive narcissism being particularly predictive of delinquency in the presence of negative parenting. The implications for understanding delinquency in terms of the social and motivational characteristics that are the hallmark of maladaptive narcissism are discussed.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Delinquency, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing, At Risk Persons, Adolescents, Personality Traits, Predictor Variables, Children, Longitudinal Studies, Antisocial Behavior, Emotional Response, Correlation, Social Development, Individual Characteristics
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