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The children of narcissus: Insights into narcissists' parenting styles.

Hart, C., Hepper, E., Hickman, H. and Bush, R., 2017. The children of narcissus: Insights into narcissists' parenting styles. Personality and Individual Differences, 117, 249 - 254.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.019


Individuals scoring high on trait narcissism are characterised by grandiosity, self-centredness, and lack of empathy, resulting in troubled interpersonal relationships (e.g., with acquaintances and relationship partners). Do these troubled relationships extend to their own children? In this online study of 368 parents, we examined whether grandiose narcissists are less likely to adopt optimal parenting styles (authoritative) and more likely to adopt non-optimal parenting styles (authoritarian and permissive) and began to explore underlying mechanisms in terms of low empathy and unresponsive-caregiving. Narcissism was negatively associated with optimal parenting, and positively associated with non-optimal parenting, controlling for Big Five personality and attachment dimensions. Sequential mediation revealed that narcissists' low empathy predicts unresponsive-caregiving towards their child(ren), which in turn predicts low optimal and high non-optimal parenting practices. These effects are driven by narcissists' maladaptive traits. Exploring links between parental personality and parenting allows researchers to identify individuals at risk of poor parenting. Understanding the mechanisms that explain this relationship will assist in the development of effective interventions.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:narcissism; empathy; caregiving; parenting
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35577
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Jun 2021 13:49
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:27


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