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NCJ Number: 221222 Find in a Library
Title: Relations Among Narcissism, Self-Esteem, and Delinquency in a Sample of At-Risk Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:6  Dated:December 2007  Pages:933-942
Author(s): Christopher T. Barry; Sarah J. Grafeman; Kristy K. Adler; Jessica D. Pickard
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 10
Publisher: http://www.elsevier.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The study explored the relationship between narcissism and delinquency for predicting delinquency among at-risk teens.
Abstract: The study demonstrated a moderately positive relation among at-risk older adolescents, with this relation being similar to, or slightly lower than, the magnitude of relations found in adults. Narcissism and self-esteem were positively interrelated; however, only narcissism was significantly correlated with delinquency. Narcissism, not self-esteem was associated with delinquency and aggression. Maladaptive narcissism appears to be a particularly better predictor of such behaviors than self-esteem. Self-esteem and gender did not moderate the narcissism-behavior relations. The results point more toward low self-esteem being related to problem behaviors in youths, rather than high self-esteem as has been suggested for adults. The results provide evidence that narcissism can be assessed in adolescents in a similar approached used with adults. Furthermore, narcissism, not self-esteem, was associated with delinquency and aggression. Maladaptive narcissism appears to be a particularly better predictor of such behaviors than self-esteem. Self-esteem and gender did not moderate the narcissism/behavior relations. The sample consisted of 349 adolescents (297 males, 52 females), ages 16 to 18, which were enrolled in a 22-week military style intervention program for youth who had dropped out to school; an oral questionnaire was administered in 4 sessions of 45-minutes each. Limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences; Juvenile personality characteristics; Juvenile self concept
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