Clarifying the links between grandiose narcissism and parenting

J Psychol. 2014 Mar-Apr;148(2):133-43. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2012.752337.


This study investigated the links between parenting and grandiose narcissism in hopes of clarifying recent empirical discrepancies. One-hundred forty-five participants completed the Narcissistic Personality Inventory and reported about their parents' support, coldness, monitoring, psychological control, and overvaluation. Psychological control was associated positively with narcissism, whereas monitoring and coldness were associated negatively. Overvaluation and parental support showed no reliable associations with narcissism. Analysis of the components of narcissism further elucidated these links. The results are interpreted in light of previous findings and as consistent with social learning and psychodynamic theories regarding the origins of narcissism.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Defense Mechanisms*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Object Attachment
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Personality Development
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Personality Disorders / psychology*
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Concept*
  • Students / psychology
  • Young Adult