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Unmasking gender differences in narcissism within intimate partner violence

Green, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-4683-0793, MacLean, R. & Charles, K. (2020). Unmasking gender differences in narcissism within intimate partner violence. Personality and Individual Differences, 167, 110247. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2020.110247


Theoretical understanding of gender differences in narcissistic presentation is underdeveloped due to an overrepresentation of males in the narcissism literature. This study investigated gender differences in manifestations of grandiose and vulnerable narcissism within the context of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Participants (N = 328; 176 females) recruited from the normal population completed scales for grandiose and vulnerable narcissism, and physical/sexual and psychological abuse. Multivariate regression analyses were conducted to investigate gender differences in narcissism and predictions for perpetration of IPV in each gender. Results showed that females scored significantly higher on vulnerable narcissism than males, but no gender differences were found for grandiose narcissism. In males, vulnerable narcissism was a significant positive predictor of physical/sexual abuse perpetration, and grandiose narcissism was a significant positive predictor of psychological abuse. For females, only vulnerable narcissism emerged as a significant positive predictor of physical/sexual and psychological abuse perpetration. Findings provide novel insights into how gender is expressed differently in the presentation of narcissism, and how these differences are related to partner violence outcomes. Theoretical implications of these findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are made.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 Published by Elsevier Ltd. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license There has been a corrigendum to this article - the surname of the first author has changed since the publication - from Valashjardi to Green. Please cite the paper as Green et al. (2020). Corresponding email:
Publisher Keywords: Narcissism, Gender, Grandiose and vulnerable narcissism, Partner violence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

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