Sex Roles

, Volume 16, Issue 7–8, pp 335–350 | Cite as

Narcissism, sex roles, and self-functioning

  • P. J. Watson
  • Donna Taylor
  • Ronald J. Morris


This study examined the relationship between gender, sex role, and narcissism. Two hundred and three students completed the Bem Sex Role Inventory, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, and the Narcissistic Personality Disorder Scale, along with several measures of self-esteem and depression. Overall, the data indicated that males and masculine individuals were not higher in their levels of maladaptive narcissism, that an adjusted narcissism was more obvious in males and in masculine subjects, and that femininity appeared to inhibit the display of an unhealthy exploitive self-concern. Androgyny failed to appear as the healthiest sex role, although multiple regression analyses suggested that future research may need to further explore this possibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Watson
    • 1
  • Donna Taylor
    • 1
  • Ronald J. Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Tennessee at ChatanoogaChatanooga

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