Caregiving behaviours of narcissists in close relationships: The role of perceived partner valuation

Lombris, Claudia; Morf, Carolyn C. (21 July 2018). Caregiving behaviours of narcissists in close relationships: The role of perceived partner valuation (Unpublished). In: 19th European Conference on Personality (ECP 19). Zadar, Croatia. 17.07.-21.07.2018.

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In this study, we investigated the influence of valuation and devaluation on narcissistic caregiving behaviors within romantic relationships. Data from 83 couples were analyzed using moderated actor-partner interdependence models and structural equation modeling. The results revealed significant interaction effects on caregiving patterns, qualified by gender. Male narcissists reported the highest negative caregiving behaviors when perceived partner valuation was low, but these were ameliorated when it was high. Female narcissists reported the lowest positive caregiving when perceived partner devaluation by their partners was high, but reported higher positive and lower neglecting caregiving when the devaluation was low. For non-narcissists, caregiving behaviors were independent of perceived valuation. Our results suggest that narcissists give better support to partners to the degree that their own needs for self-enhancement are met. The gender differences were unexpected and we speculate about potential sources. Future research should investigate the underlying mechanisms of the caregiving system of narcissists.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Lombris, Claudia and Morf, Carolyn

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Dubler

Date Deposited:

27 May 2019 17:18

Last Modified:

27 May 2019 17:18

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127855

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