We would like to thank Jennifer Broe, Allison Turner, and Anna Vandenberg for their assistance in conducting this research.
Comparing Clinical and Social-Personality Conceptualizations of Narcissism
Article first published online: 8 APR 2008
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Journal of Personality
Volume 76, Issue 3, pages 449–476, June 2008
How to Cite
Miller, J. D. and Campbell, W. K. (2008), Comparing Clinical and Social-Personality Conceptualizations of Narcissism. Journal of Personality, 76: 449–476. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2008.00492.x
- Issue published online: 8 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2008
ABSTRACT There is a lack of consensus surrounding the conceptualization of narcissism. The present study compared two measures of narcissism—one used in clinical settings (Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire, PDQ-4+; Hyler, 1994) and one used in social-personality research (Narcissistic Personality Inventory, NPI; Raskin & Terry, 1988)—across two samples. Sample 1 (N=271) was composed of undergraduates, whereas Sample 2 (N=211) was composed of parents of the Sample 1 participants. The scales were significantly interrelated but manifested divergent relations with general personality traits, personality disorders (including expert prototypal ratings of narcissism), recollections of parenting received, and psychological distress and self-esteem. PDQ-4 narcissism captured an emotionally unstable, negative-affect-laden, and introverted variant of narcissism; NPI narcissism captured an emotionally resilient, extraverted form. The clinical and social-personality conceptualizations of narcissism primarily share a tendency to use an antagonistic interpersonal style. Implications for the DSM-V are discussed.