Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 247–260 | Cite as

Narcissistic Features in Young Adolescents: Relations to Aggression and Internalizing Symptoms

  • Jason J. WashburnEmail author
  • Susan D. McMahon
  • Cheryl A. King
  • Mark A. Reinecke
  • Carrie Silver


Recent research and theory suggest narcissistic features contribute to aggression in adults. The present study examined the association of narcissistic features with aggression and internalizing symptoms in 233 students of 5th–8th grade at three inner-city schools. A factor analysis of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory in this sample revealed three factors: Adaptive Narcissism, Exploitativeness, and Exhibitionism. Regression analyses were used to predict the association of these three narcissistic features with self-, teacher-, and peer-reported aggression and self-reported internalizing symptoms. Results indicate narcissistic exploitativeness positively predicted self-reported proactive aggression, and narcissistic exhibitionism positively predicted internalizing symptoms. Narcissism and self-esteem interacted to predict teacher-reported aggression and self-reported internalizing symptoms. Results are discussed in the context of existing theories of narcissism, threatened egotism, and self-perception bias.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason J. Washburn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susan D. McMahon
    • 2
  • Cheryl A. King
    • 3
  • Mark A. Reinecke
    • 4
  • Carrie Silver
    • 5
  1. 1.Psycholegal Studies Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyDePaul UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineUSA
  5. 5.Suffolk UniversityUSA

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