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Fernie, Bruce A.; Fung, Agoston; Nikcevic, Ana (2016)
Publisher: Elsevier
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: vulnerable narcissism, psychology, Grandiose narcissism, coping with stress
Objective

This study explored the relationships between coping with stress responses and grandiose and vulnerable narcissist traits.
Method

A community sample of 170 adults (113 female) participated in this study. A cross-sectional design was employed that utilised self-report measures of trait anxiety, social desirability, coping with stress responses, and pathological narcissism.
Results

Regression models indicated that both grandiose and vulnerable narcissism traits are significantly associated with, in opposing directions, behavioural disengagement responses to stress when controlling for trait anxiety and social desirability. Vulnerable narcissism traits were significantly associated with the use of denial as coping with stress response when controlling for the same factors.
Conclusion

These findings provide further evidence of the discriminant validity of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory and inform our understanding of the differences that grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic traits have on coping.
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