The structure of pathological narcissism and its relationships with adult attachment styles: A study of italian nonclinical and clinical adult participants

Fossati, Andrea, Feeney, Judith, Pincus, Aaron, Borroni, Serena and Maffei, Cesare (2015) The structure of pathological narcissism and its relationships with adult attachment styles: A study of italian nonclinical and clinical adult participants. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32 3: 403-431. doi:10.1037/a0037175


Author Fossati, Andrea
Feeney, Judith
Pincus, Aaron
Borroni, Serena
Maffei, Cesare
Title The structure of pathological narcissism and its relationships with adult attachment styles: A study of italian nonclinical and clinical adult participants
Journal name Psychoanalytic Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1939-1331
0736-9735
Publication date 2015-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0037175
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 403
End page 431
Total pages 29
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate the structure of pathological narcissism and its relationships with adult attachment styles in 394 Italian nonclinical volunteers and in 103 consecutively admitted Italian outpatients. All participants were administered the Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI) and the Attachment Style Questionnaire (ASQ). Confirmatory factor analyses replicated the 2-factor model of the PNI found in English-speaking samples in both nonclinical and clinical samples. Structural equation models showed that adult attachment insecurities were characteristically associated with the PNI Narcissistic Vulnerability scale, whereas the PNI Narcissistic Grandiosity scale was positively associated with the ASQ Confidence scale in both samples. Overall, our findings support the hypothesis that pathological narcissists are both vulnerable and grandiose and suggest that assessing adult attachment may be important in understanding pathological narcissism in adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)
Keyword Attachment
Pathological narcissism
Vulnerable and grandiose narcissism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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